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Eccles RFC Match Day Prog 2022/23


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CLUB INFORMATION President - Alan Bent Chairman - Chris Gaffey Honorary Secretary - Dave Nicholls Honorary Treasurer - Greg Wilson Fixtures Secretary - Don Edmondson Director of Rugby - Sam Simpson Safeguarding Officer - Heather Thorpe D of E Chairman - Mark Baines Mini & Junior Chairman - Dan Nicholls Junior Fixtures Secretary - Leeann Aspinall Ladies Captain - Rowanne Smalley Mens’ Captain - James Wright To play rugby Contact: Mens’ Head Coach Sam Simpson 07935 403171 Ladies Head Coach James Wright 07791 227616 Mini & Junior Chair Dan Nicholls 07789 202189 PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club Dear club members, sponsors and visitors, welcome to Eccles RFC for what we all hope will be a great season of rugby. With the long awaited change to the RFU league structure we are able to welcome clubs and friends we haven’t seen for a while but as I look through the fixture list I note that during our long history we have entertained all of you at some point in our past . Since 1897, Eccles Rugby Club has upheld a proud tradition of producing homegrown talent. As we strive to bring our young players through the ranks to populate our senior teams we never lose sight of the fact that these young men and women that we coach may move onto better things, and if they have the ability and desire to do so, who are we to stand in their way. This year Eccles RFC is celebrating 125th anniversary and this coming season will be my 50th with the club, so naturally I am delighted to be appointed as its President. Through all our developments over the years, we have remained at heart a community rugby club, so if we are a little rough around the edges, or little over exuberant at times I apologise, but the one thing I don’t apologise for is the warm welcome and great sense of belonging that we extend to all our members and guests when spending time with us. I’d like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all our sponsors for supporting us again this season and a very big thank you to all our hard working volunteers for helping to provide an enjoyable match day experience. I wish you all good time. Yours in rugby, Benty. Alan Bent // President // Eccles RFC
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME A warm welcome to all our supporters and visitors at Gorton Street today. As I write this message with the new 2022/23 season in front of us, I do so with a full appreciation of the enormous effort that has been put in behind the scenes this summer, on and off the pitch, to prepare the club for its 125th year of rugby. Following our Men’s success in winning the Lancashire Plate Trophy in May, there has been no break in activities, with Marquee and Junior events, Ladies and Girls tournaments, visitors from Rotterdam, the 3-day Festival, pitch maintenance and several essential facilities projects to occupy the Eccles devotees. A club is defined by the commitment and ambition of its members and we have no shortage of that at Eccles. For a club to survive 125 years it needs determined players, enthusiastic volunteers and a community of loyal supporters - it needs an association of people dedicated to a shared goal who come together to contribute their combined efforts and resources, sticking at it, season after season, through the hard times and the good. For a club to continue to thrive and grow it needs far more than income to cover its costs, it needs sustained hard work over a long period and I’d like to pay tribute to all the people who have put in countless hours over the summer and the years, in support of Eccles RFC and Rugby Union in our region. We would not be gathered here today to enjoy a game without you. An increase in operating costs, brought about through external factors such as inflation and exorbitant energy price increases mean the club will face financial challenges this coming season. As our membership fees remain fixed, it is essential we grow our revenue whilst keeping strict control of our expenditure to put the club in a long-term sustainable position, so we can invest in capital projects for our future. As members you can help us face these challenges by renewing your membership and treating yourself to a pint and a pie throughout the season and encouraging your friends along to games. Our senior fixtures will continue to be free entry this season and all we ask for is a small donation towards the cost of producing this programme. To improve the Saturday match day experience, the club will be looking to make full use of its new kitchen facilities by hosting lunches in the conference room once that refurbishment work is completed, so please support this and our other social events when you can. On a rugby front, despite the national decline in adult participation, our Men's section is aiming for growth this season with 1XV, 2XV, 3XV, Vets and Senior Colts teams all having a full programme of fixtures to look forward to. Consistency of team line up and performance was a problem for our Seniors last season but there’s been good commitment to preseason training and with the addition of a few new arrivals and former colts stepping up we're anticipating the exciting prospect of reinvigorated attacking and defensive vitality as the season progresses. Our rejuvenated Ladies section are also rebuilding at a promising pace assisted by a productive relationship with Salford University, and our burgeoning Minis and Juniors section continues to pack out our pitches on a Sunday morning. The club's website and social media updates will keep you informed on the progress of your favourite team. Please do join our 5,000 followers to keep up with the news during the week and join us in the clubhouse at the weekend. CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Our club has played its rugby in this community since 1897 (our history actually stretches was back beyond the Northern Union divide to 1878). We moved to our home here at Gorton Street in 1948 when our modest facilities were a pair of second hand WW2 Army huts! We’ve come a long way from then. Life has changed, the game has changed and the club has adapted accordingly. Last season Eccles RFC worked hard to overcome the set-backs of COVID by promoting the game within our community and local schools. This paid off with an increase in players and recruitment will remain a priority for us again this season as we aim to surpass a membership target of 500. We believe in Rugby for all and developing our own homegrown talent. Every player with a # proudly indicated against their name on today's team sheet is a product of our Junior or Colts teams. Of course, growing and developing our club would not be possible without the invaluable, continued assistance we receive from our sponsors. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their support, which is valued and appreciated especially that from our neighbour and brewer First Chop who are providing the craft cask beer today and Sewards Refrigeration who help keep it cool! This season the club will be putting a renewed emphasis on social events and during the Autumn we’ll have the Rugby Internationals, the Rugby League World Cup and the FIFA World Cup on the screen. Below you’ll find a few highlighted dates to give you an indication of what's in store in the months ahead. Whichever team you’re supporting this weekend, I hope you enjoy your experience at Eccles and you return to join us again soon. Thanks for your support. Chris Gaffey // Chairman // Eccles RFC September Saturday 24 - Live Music post-match, RL Grand Final 5:00pm October Saturday 22 - Harry Scott’s England Cap unveiled post-match Saturday 29 - Stars In Your Eyes. A memorable night with some questionable singing and top quality fancy dress. November Saturday 12 - England v Japan 3:15pm Saturday 19 - Movember fund raiser. Australian Rules Football Charity Tournament. RLWC Final 4:00pm, England v New Zealand 5:30pm. Saturday 26 - Ladies Bottomless Brunch and Band. A sparkling pre-match lunch and post- match live music. Advance Tickets can be purchased at the bar. December Thursday 15 - Fossils Festive Gathering Saturday 17 - Christmas Brass Band and Legends Lunch. Social highlight of the winter season, pre-match lunch for former players, tickets can be purchased at the bar priced £5. Post -match we'll roll into our annual Carol Concert with the Eccles Borough Band. February Saturday 4 - Ticket to Ride. Club members and partners trip to Liverpool for food and drinks at a selection of venues thanks to Revolution bars sponsorship. Sunday 12 - England v Italy 3.00pm Saturday 25 - Wales v England 4.45pm March Saturday 11 - Sponsors Day. Last home league fixture of the season. Pre-match hospitality and following the game will be England v France 4.45pm.
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DIRECTOR OF RUGBY Hello and a very warm welcome to everyone attending Gorton Street today and reading our match day programme. Whilst many Rugby Clubs around the country are folding teams due to alarming high numbers of adult players leaving the game, season on season, Eccles RFC is meeting this challenge by aiming for growth with its senior section by entering a 3XV Mens' team into a competitive league this year. This bold decision, against the trend, comes after a number of seasons running Casual & Vets games on a monthly basis, attracting new players and re-engaging past players, we now feel the club has enough bodies to field a third 15 on a weekly basis, albeit more than likely a different 15 each week! This new 3XV team will provide an opportunity for more participation players to have a Saturday experience and also give the club a place for safe development for lots of our #Homegrown talent, both vital for the future growth and success of the club. Another aspect of our senior male growth sees us really push on with our Vets offer. The Eccles Elephants will have a fixture every month across the season giving players over the age of 35, who cannot play on a weekly basis, an opportunity to play a fixture at their level whilst providing these players a much needed place to be together socially. Following the lifting of restrictions post Covid-19, many players wanted to do other activities weekly, rather than committing to the same thing week in week out. For the 2022/23 season, Eccles 1XV and 2XV teams will be looking for more consistency in player availability as we look to build on our progress of last season. This should be hugely supported by the influx of new and returning faces we’ve seen in attendance over the course of preseason, which has gone extremely well. Defensive Coach Andrew Selby has really benefited from the summer with the lads after arriving at Eccles halfway through last season, and new Attack Coach Kev Raynor, has quickly become a strong presence at training, challenging the player's personal skill development to support the way we want the team to play. I’d like to finish by thanking everyone who is in attendance today. I hope your match day experience at Eccles is a really enjoyable one and that you're excited to return again in the coming weeks. Your support is hugely appreciated and is needed if we are to achieve what we want to as a club over the next few years. Sam Simpson // Director of Rugby // Eccles RFC
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ECCLES MEN’S FIXTURES Date 03-Sept-22 10-Sept-22 17-Sept-22 24-Sept-22 15-Oct-22 22-Oct-22 29-Sept-22 05-Nov-22 12-Nov-22 19-Nov-22 26-Nov-22 03-Dec-22 10-Dec-22 17-Dec-22 24-Dec-22 31-Dec-22 07-Jan-23 14-Jan-23 21-Jan-23 28-Jan-23 04-Feb-23 11-Feb-23 18-Feb-23 25-Feb-23 04-Mar-23 11-Mar-23 18-Mar-23 25-Mar-23 01-Apr-22 08-Apr-22 15-Apr-22 22-Apr-22 MENS 1XV HA MENS 2XV HA MENS 3XV HA Orrell Heaton Moor De La Salle Wigan Trafford MV A H A H A Liverpoll Collegiate H Oldham Ormskirk Fleetwood Littleborough Heaton Moor Wigan De La Salle A H A H A A H Fylde 3XV Blackburn 3XV H A Bolton Lostock 2XV A Kirby Lonsdale Dev H Leigh 2XV Preston GH 3XV Tarleton 3XV Southport 2XV Tarleton 3XV Aldwinians 2XV Blackburn 3XV A H A H A H A Bolton Lostock 2XV H Crewe & Nantwich 3XV A Marple 3XV H Holmes Chapel 2XV A Heaton Moor 3XV H Manchester Hawks H Bolton 4XV Wythenshawe Bowdon 3XV Carrington Bury 3XV Marple 3XV A H A A H A Holmes Chapel 2XV H Heaton Moor 3XV A Tyldesley Trafford MV H H Liverpool Collegiate A Oldham H Ormskirk Fleetwood Littleborough Orrell A H A H Chorley A Kirby Lonsdale Dev A Leigh 2XV Preston GH 3XV Ormskirk 2XV Southport 2XV Tarleton 3XV Fylde 3XV H A H A H A Newcastle Staffs 3XV H Manchester Hawks A Bolton 4XV Wythenshawe Bowdon 3XV Carrington Bury 3XV H A H A A Crewe & Nantwich 3XV H ECCLES LADIES & COLTS FIXTURES Date 18-Sept-21 25-Sept-21 02-Oct-22 09-Oct-22 16-Oct-22 22-Oct-22 29-Oct-22 06-Nov-22 13-Nov-22 Ladies HA Date 27-Aug-22 Liv. Collegiate 04-Sept-22 Burnley Senior Colts HA H A 11-Sept-22 West Park St. Helens H 18-Sept-22 Glossop Chester Devas H Vagabonds A 25-Sept-22 Sedgley Park - CCUP R1 H 02-Oct-22 Hoylake 09-Oct-22 Trafford M.V. Leigh 20-Nov-22 Halifax 27-Nov-22 04-Dec-22 10-Dec-22 H A Southport A 18-Dec-22 Broughton Park H 24-Dec-22 31-Dec-22 07-Jan-23 15-Jan-23 21-Jan-23 28-Jan-23 04-Feb-23 12-Feb-23 18-Feb-23 Leigh 26-Feb-23 Halifax 05-Mar-23 12-Mar-23 Southport 19-Mar-23 26-Mar-23 02-Apr-23 09-Apr-23 16-Apr-23 23-Apr-22 16-Oct-22 Widnes 23-Oct-22 30-Oct-22 06-Nov-22 County Cup R 2 A H A A A A Chester Devas A Vagabonds H A H A 13-Nov-22 Aldwinians 20-Nov-22 27-Nov-22 04-Dec-22 11-Dec-22 18-Dec-22 25-Dec-22 01-Jan-23 08-Jan-23 15-Jan-23 22-Jan-23 29-Jan-23 05-Feb-23 12-Feb-23 19-Feb-23 26-Feb-23 05-Mar-23 12-Mar-23 19-Mar-23 26-Mar-23 02-Apr-23 09-Apr-23 16-Apr-23 23-Apr-23 30-Apr-23 H League Cup R 1 League Cup R 2 County Cup QF County Cup SF League Cup SF County Cup Finals League Cup Finals
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ECCLES JUNIOR FIXTURES Date 04-Sept-22 11-Sept-22 18-Sept-22 25-Sept-22 02-Oct-22 Bury 09-Oct-22 U7s HA U8s HA U9s HA U10s HA U11s HA A Didsbury Toc H Sedgley Park 23-Oct-22 30-Oct-22 Burnley 06-Nov-22 Sale 13-Nov-22 Rochdale 20-Dec-22 27-Nov-22 Oldham 16-Oct-22 Broughton Park A Broughton Park H Burnley A Sale A Rochdale A Oldham H Littleborough H Crew & Nantwich A Crew & Nantwich A Crew & Nantwich A H Manchester Festival Manchester Festival Manchester Festival A Broughton Park A Broughton Park H Burnley A Sale A Rochdale A Oldham H Littleborough H Burnley A Sale A Rochdale A Oldham H Littleborough A Broughton Park A H Burnley H Sale A Rochdale A Oldham 04-Dec-22 Ashton UL & Leigh H Ashton UL & Leigh H Ashton UL & Leigh H Ashton UL & Leigh H 11-Dec-22 Littleborough 18-Dec-22 25-Dec-22 01-Jan-23 08-Jan-23 H Littleborough H H A A H Tyldesley A Tyldesley H Bolton A Tyldesley H Bolton A Tyldesley H Bolton A Tyldesley H Bolton A 15-Jan-23 Oldham/H-Moor H Oldham/H-Moor H Oldham/H-Moor H Oldham/H-Moor H Oldham/H-Moor H 22-Jan-23 Bolton 29-Jan-23 Trafford MV 05-Feb-23 Sedgley Park 12-Feb-23 Burnley 19-Feb-23 26-Feb-23 Sale 05-Mar-23 Littleborough A Trafford MV A Sedgley Park A Burnley H Sale A Littleborough A Trafford MV A Sedgley Park A Burnley H Sale A Littleborough A Trafford MV A Sedgley Park A Burnley H Sale A Littleborough A Trafford MV A Sedgley Park A Burnley H Sale A Littleborough H A A A H A 12-Mar-23 Broughton Park H Broughton Park H Broughton Park H Broughton Park H Broughton Park H 19-Mar-23 Bury/Tyldesley H Bury/Tyldesley H Bury/Tyldesley H Bury/Tyldesley H Bury/Tyldesley H 26-Mar-23 02-Apr-23 Rochdale 09-Apr-23 16-Apr-23 H Rochdale H Rochdale H Rochdale H Rochdale H Aspull/Trafford MV H Aspull/Trafford MV H Aspull/Trafford MV H Aspull/Trafford MV H Aspull/Trafford MV H 22-Apr-23 Wilmslow Festival 30-Apr-23 07-May-23 Date 04-Sept-22 11-Sept-22 18-Sept-22 25-Sept-22 02-Oct-22 09-Oct-22 U12s HA U13s U14s HA HA U15s Littleborough A Wigan V-Tyldesley/Bury A Orrell Sedgley Park 16-Oct-22 Broughton Park 23-Oct-22 30-Oct-22 Burnley 06-Nov-22 Sale 13-Nov-22 H Bowdon Rossendale Ormskirk Sefton H Orrell A H Bowdon A Warrington H Aspull H Burnley H Bolton Bury 20-Nov-22 V L/borough/Bolton A 27-Nov-22 04-Dec-22 Ashton UL 11-Dec-22 Littleborough 18-Dec-22 25-Dec-22 01-Jan-23 08-Jan-23 15-Jan-23 H Burnley A H Bury A Leigh Sedgley Park A Fylde A Leigh H Littleborough H Blackburn H A Bowdon HA GIRLS H HA H Broughton Park C1 A A Man/Stock Dev Day A H CA Man-WBP-Bury H A Sedg Park/Ross H Wirral DEV A Trafford MV Tyldesley H Bury H A Broughton Park C1 A H PGH DEV Day H Liverpool Collegiate H A Leigh A A CA Man-WBP-Bury A A Liverpool St. Helens H Sedg Park/Ross A A Tyldesley 22-Jan-23 Bolton 29-Jan-23 A Tyldesley Wigan H Bolton 05-Feb-23 Sedgley Park 12-Feb-23 Burnley 19-Feb-23 26-Feb-23 Sale 05-Mar-23 Littleborough H Southport H Tyldesley L-CUP R6 H A A Rossendale A Bolton Burnley V L/Borough/Sedg H Trafford MV H Trafford MV A Trafford MV A A A Burnley A Sale A Leigh 12-Mar-23 V Rochdale/Tyldesley A Bury 19-Mar-23 Bury/Tyldesley 26-Mar-23 02-Apr-23 Rochdale 09-Apr-23 16-Apr-23 Trafford MV 23-Apr-23 Red Rose Festival 30-Apr-23 07-May-23 Festival Final H Tyldesley A Burnley H Aspull H Burnley Lancashire CUP S/F A Sale H Lancs Cup R7 H Littleborough A A A Tyldesley H Rochdale H H Trafford MV A Trafford MV H Trafford MV Red Rose Festival Red Rose Festival Red Rose Festival Festival Day Finals Day A Finals-Plate/Vase A Tyldesley A A H H H H Bolton Lancs Cup QF A H ECCLES JUNIOR FIXTURES
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ECCLES JUNIORS The Eccles Junior Rugby Revolution has resumed! After recruiting over 100 new members last season, we enjoyed a packed Summer of parties to presentations, festivals to fun days and even some Touch and Tag training and a Summer Camp for the die-hards! And we’ve got lots in store for the new 2022/23 season. Girls Rugby at Eccles Our very own Community Rugby Coach James Wright leads the Greater Manchester Girls Network for Rugby and following the success of ‘The Open’ Girls Rugby event this Summer, James has been busy creating a bespoke Girls-only pathway into Rugby Union at Eccles. Girls of any age are welcomed at Eccles and can build their experience at Tag Rugby age and then through our bespoke Touch Rugby Academy, readying themselves for contact rugby in their own time through skilled and enjoyable coaching sessions from James and our Ladies Captain Rowanne. If you have a daughter interested to play or would like to support our girls rugby initiatives, get in touch and grow our Roses! M&J Section Trip: Sale Sharks Over 300 Eccles members attended Sale Sharks across 4 different games at the end of last season. Our AJ Bell Stadium takeover resumes at half term when Sale take on Harlequins at 3pm on Sunday 23rd October. Our Minis will be showcasing their tag rugby skills as part of the half time show so save the date and let’s get behind our local superstars! Drop us a line if you’d like to join us for the day, all club members are welcome. Training Top Time Membership fees have stayed the same as last season as part of our continued commitment to Junior rugby at Eccles. All registered members will receive a new training top this season with an exclusive Eccles design. Look out for a trendy M&Js strutting their stuff on and off the pitch this Autumn. Daniel Nicholls // Mini & Junior Chairman // Eccles RFC ECCLES JUNIORS
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ECCLES LADIES A warm welcome from all of the Ladies section to the 2022/23 season. Eccles Ladies enters its 26th season this year making us one of the oldest women's sections who have consistently fielded a club team. Within this rich history is the legacy of our former players, coaches and captains written into our DNA. We are a team constantly striving to strike the perfect balance between high performance and rugby for all, offering a nurturing, inclusive environment for players of all standards to enjoy and develop. This has never been more evident than in our recent seasons since rugby returned. We currently boast players who have represented their county at Twickenham playing alongside teammates who are taking their first steps in the game all contributing equally to this ever improving side. Our leadership group, built from a cross-section of ages, experiences and characters ensures we can provide a Rugby offer that supports all and creates an exciting environment to be involved in. As we move into the season we will be returning to some familiar local settings from years gone by ad we are looking forward to making trips to local rivals; Leigh RUFC and Broughton Park venues that hold great memories from our previous rise to our highest competitive level. With the addition of Vagabond Ladies to our league we are also treated to an international fixture which is sure to be a weekend away we won't forget. We are very excited about the potential of this group and we welcome any new member looking to be involved in our journey. Players, Spectators, Coaches or someone looking to get a little bit fitter, there is a place for you. We welcome any support down at Gorton Street on Sunday afternoons, whether you are a seasoned campaigner for the women's game or if this is your first match experience we truly value your vocal encouragement from the touchline and hope you enjoy the game. James Wright // Eccles RFC Women's Head Coach ECCLES LADIES
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ECCLES - LAND OF CAKES The origin of the world famous Eccles Cake appears to be lost in time. Spiced cakes were often associated with church festivals and there was a certainly a popular bygone fair held annually in Eccles each August to celebrate the feast day of St. Mary. The ancient parish church of St. Mary the Virgin, has stood on the same site for at least 800 years and is the oldest church in the City of Salford. Eccles itself was founded by Christian refugees from Mamucium (Manchester) escaping Roman persecution in the 4th century. The name of the settlement probably derived from the Latin Ecclesia (gathering, assembly) or the Welsh Eglwys (church). When the invading Anglo Saxons arrived in Lancashire many existing British names for landmarks, such as Eccles and Irwell, survived and so it came to pass, that Eccles grew around its church and the area was sufficiently remote to remain agricultural and untroubled by local conflicts for a millennium. In 1650 the Puritan reformers abolished religious festivities including public dancing on the village green and the eating of cakes. True to its non-compliant origins Eccles appears to have defied the baking ban because the cakes continued to be sold when the annual fairs and wakes were reinstated. The Jacobite army passed through the rural village of Eccles in 1745 in its advance and subsequent retreat (no doubt returning for a second helping of cakes) but otherwise all was quiet until 1761, when the Duke of Bridgewater opened his canal to float coal from his mines at Worsley over the Barton Aqueduct to Manchester, igniting the Industrial Revolution and ultimately bringing goods, steam power and textile production to Eccles which would soon become a town of cotton weavers with many workers being children. In 1772, Elizabeth and John Raffald, former housekeeper and head gardener to the Warburton family at Arley Hall Cheshire, arrived in Salford to run business ventures including The Bulls Head Tavern and the King’s Head coaching Inns. Elizabeth was an entrepreneur and set up a business on the Kersal Moor Racecourse, near the ladies' stand, selling strawberries with cream, tea and coffee. There is a plaque dedicated to Elizabeth on Exchange Street, Manchester near the site of her premises in Market Place, from where ECCLES - LAND OF CAKES she published the first Manchester Directory listing traders, merchants and civic figures, and offered cookery classes alongside her other hospitality services. In 1769 Elizabeth Raffald published her cookery book, The Experienced English House Keeper, based on her own experience and dedicated to Lady Warburton, which contained the first printed records of many now common recipes, many of which were plagiarised by other authors, most notably Mrs Isabella Beeton. Elizabeth’s recipe for "Sweet Patties" is believed to be the basis of the Eccles Cake - “Take the meat of a boiled calf's foot, 2 large apples, 1 oz. candied peel. Chop the ingredients very small, grate half a nutmeg, mix with the yolk of an egg, a spoonful of French brandy and 4ozs. of currants. Make a good puff paste. Roll this into shapes and fill them. Lay a lid on them and turn up the edges. They are a pretty side dish for supper.” Note the use of real meat as with the original ‘mince pies’. Eccles cakes were first produced commercially in 1796 by James Birch from his shop at 56 Church Street on the corner of Vicarage Road, opposite Eccles Parish Church. In 1811 Birch moved to larger premises across the road at 29 Church Street and his new shop displayed a sign ‘Eccles Cake Makers removed from across the way’. His enterprising former apprentice, James William Bradburn took over the old shop in 1813 so he could claim historic ownership. Bradburn was the 21 year old son of the licensee of the Cross Keys Inn and there was a great rivalry between the two bakers with Bradburn proudly displaying his own shop sign claiming ‘Original and oldest established Eccles Cake Shop. Never removed’! Such was the success that within a decade Eccles cakes were being sold at all the fairs and markets around. In September 1830, the world’s first railway, designed by George Stephenson between Manchester and Liverpool, powered into Eccles to provide the town with access to a seaport. Eccles cakes were so popular they were soon exported to America, Australia and the West Indies, in specially constructed boxes. In 1836 James Nasmyth leased land from Thomas de Trafford alongside the canal and railway at Patricroft to establish an
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ECCLES - LAND OF CAKES engineering works and foundry and 3 years later he invented the Steam Hammer, which enabled the mass manufacture of Eccles cakes for the growing workforce! The fame of its cakes was already well established by 1863 when George Bradshaw, a Pendleton born map engraver, described Eccles in his famous Bradshaw Railway Handbook as a “little village prettily situated on the northern banks of the Irwell and environed by some of the most picturesque rambles. Celebrated for its cakes”. Clearly, Eccles was changed irreversibly by the arrival of train and its residents remained proud of their connection to the confection. In November 1882 it was reported in the Journal that Eccles Rugby Club ‘principal fixture comes off next Saturday, as they meet Salford who journey to Cakeland’ and in May 1888, playing at Eccles was referred to as ‘the Land o' Cakes’. In 1900-1902 Eccles RFC were captained by T.J. Bradburn, a club founding member, who went on to become the Hon. Secretary of the Lancashire Union in the 1920s and Lancashire county representative at the RFU. Whether Tommy Bradburn was related to the infamous Eccles Cake baking Bradburns is unknown but what we do know is the Bradburn shop remained in family ownership for over a century until 1963 when it was sold and taken over by Warburtons Bakery. The ‘Never Removed’ shop was eventually demolished in 1966 to make way for the Eccles Precinct with the shop window stored at Salford Museum. The only Eccles cakes baked in Eccles today are hand made by the Albert Street Artisan Bakery, run by the Hamer family (Eccles Rugby legend Gary Hamer take a bow), just a stone's throw away from the site of the original James Birch Eccles Cake shop. Their small batch ‘Made in Eccles Cakes’ are made using all-butter flaky pastry, homemade candied orange peel, locally grown apples, free range eggs and delicious Vostizza currants. The humble Eccles cake is now a British institution, so it is no surprise that it goes down very well with a cup of tea or, as is the post match tradition at Eccles RFC, woofed down with a pint of beer! WALKING RUGBY Eccles Walking Rugby started after an email from Sale Sharks Community Trust inviting the club to participate in their initiative. Well we all know our club. It took less than two weeks for us to get organised and have our first session, that was back in May 2018 and we're still walking strong now. Walking Rugby is a new inclusive sport and an enjoyable way to get some exercise. It’s a much simpler and less physical version of the traditional game which brings ex-players of a certain age and those who are completely new to rugby together. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Say “Walking” to a bloke and he says “not for me”. Say “Rugby” to a woman and she says “not for me”, but I say give it a go. We encourage both men and women, young and not so young, skilled and not so skilled to get involved. Ladies with experience in netball will see it involves similar handling skills and agility. Guys, well you never lose it do you, but if you never had it the slower pace gives you more time to think about it. I've developed a sidestep I never knew I had! Playing on the AstroTurf allows us to play in any weather no special equipment required, although waterproofs and footwear with grip is a bonus. Our sessions are well supported and we regularly get 20+ players. On more than one occasion the ladies have outnumbered the men. The game is based on touch rugby. The attacking side are allowed 6 tackles (double handed touch) in which to score. After each tackle the attacking side has 3 seconds to pass the ball and the defending side must get back onside (3 metres). If after 6 tackles a try has not been scored the ball is handed over and it starts again. You soon get the hang of it. The whole idea is to have fun and enjoy the banter, reconnect with old friends and make new ones. The session is open to all regardless of skill level. Monday evenings 19.00 - 20.00 with a bragging session in the bar after if you fancy. It's great fun and easy. It must be if I can play it. Turn up and give it a try. Yours in Rugby, Benty Alan Bent, Walker, Eccles RFC
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DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD Our Bronze Group finally move up to Silver, PostPandemic, having completed their expedition. The DofE award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving 14-24 year olds who wish to take up the challenge, the opportunity to strive to be the best they can be and gain the confidence to believe anything they put their mind to is possible. The programme takes between one and four years to complete and is recognised and valued by employers and universities alike. Eccles RFC were the first rugby club in the UK to offer the DofE award programme to its players. The scheme was established in honour of Christopher Tickle who was posthumously awarded the DofE Gold Award by HRH Prince Phillip in 2010. Since 2011, the club’s young people have achieved over 100 Bronze awards, over 60 Silver awards and 48 prestigious Gold Awards – a testament to the hard work and dedication of the participants and the Eccles team of volunteer leaders. The DofE programme is a journey of adventure and discovery that compliments the ethos of Rugby by rewarding teamwork, endeavour, physical activity, learning skills and community volunteering. To achieve an award a young person must show persistence, commitment, progress and personal development over a period of time. Every activity must be successfully completed and assessed. Activities take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. To commence a Bronze Award you must be aged 14+ years, 15+ years for Silver and 16+ years to start a Gold Award. For more details on the DofE at Eccles RFC and how to become involved check out the club website or email:baines.mark@virginmedia.com. Mark Baines, DofE Chair, Eccles RFC
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE As many illustrious players of this historic club can no doubt confirm, Eccles can be lively, boisterous town at weekends. But what may come as a surprise is that the town’s reputation for rowdy entertainment actually stretches back several hundred years to when Eccles would host a 3-day street party in late August each year! The ‘Eccles Wakes’ traditionally commenced on the eve of the feast day of St Mary, to whom the Parish Church is dedicated, and had their origins in the ancient custom of rush bearing, when villagers would bring decorated cartloads of rushes to spread over the church floor for a vigil mass which began at sunset on a Saturday, often called a ‘wake’ due to the late hour. As these occasions developed into a secular holiday the community celebrations would include sports, music, dance and drinking. Sound familiar? The Eccles Wakes When the Barton Aqueduct designed by James Brindley first crossed the River Irwell in 1761 the rural existence of Eccles was changed forever. By the 19th Century the famous Eccles Wakes were attracting large crowds from the surrounding district and had become a somewhat less than pious affair. The recreation area between Barton Lane, Oxford Road and Pleasant Road was transformed into a racecourse where Donkey riders and ladies would compete in races to win a smock, and competitions held along Church Street included blood sports such as bull and bear-baiting and cock fighting. People would dress up for the event and the revelry would often result in drunkenness and fighting. In 1877 local residents had enough of the excessive, riotous behaviour and at the request of the Local Board the Home GORTON STREET GAZETTE Secretary banned the Eccles Wakes. British Artist Joseph Parry (1744–1826) moved from Liverpool to Manchester in 1790 and went on to paint several large historical compositions, often depicting scenes of everyday life featuring hundreds of figures most infamously a series of paintings that captured the typical Ale House, Race Course and Town Square experience of the Eccles Wakes festival. The village wakes flourished in Lancashire and became notorious for massive scale public disorder and associated as holidays for tradesmen. At Salford Wakes in 1819, there was a “Jack Ass Race for a Purse of Gold” a “Foot Race of a mile for a good hat” “ Ribbons to be danced for by Old Maids” and other events included chasing a greased pig, thick porridge eating, and a race for "Wooden Legged Men”! At the Prestwich Wakes of 1832 competitions included “an eating match of 3lb of treacle and bread” and “a smoking match for ten old women”! Some great ideas there to adopt for next year’s Eccles Beer & Gin Festival!

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CLUB INFORMATION President - Mark Dutton Chairman - Chris Gaffey Honorary Secretary - Dave Nicholls Honorary Treasurer - Mike Bateman Fixtures Secretary - Don Edmondson Director of Rugby - Sam Simpson Safeguarding Officer - Heather Thorpe D of E Chairman - Mark Baines Mini & Junior Chairman - Dan Nicholls Junior Fixtures Secretary - Leeann Aspinall Ladies Captain - Rowanne Smalley Mens’ Captain - James Wright To play rugby Contact: Mens’ Head Coach Sam Simpson 07935 403171 Ladies Head Coach James Wright 07791 227616 Mini & Junior Chair Dan Nicholls 07789 202189 PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend, 2022 is officially our 125th Anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 75 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. It has been a strange year with everything that has been going on but the club has still been extremely busy. The money we raised through Crowdfunder, £40K+, has put us in an exciting position to commence several ground improvement projects. The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I am limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We can offer something for everyone including ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday nights at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshment, especially with our new friends from the First Chop Brewery. Mark Dutton // Eccles RFC President
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME A warm welcome to all our supporters and visitors at Eccles RFC today. The Spring has arrived bringing with it sunshine and renewed growth. Our pitches are looking in fine condition due in no small part to the weekly efforts of our grounds team. If you see a 'fossil’ in the bar please buy him a pint and whilst you’re there, please buy the referee a pint too. Without the dedicated commitment of these old farts we’d have no rugby to enjoy. Our 1XV opponents today, Ormskirk, find themselves at the foot of the division battling alongside Eccles, Oldham and Wigan for points, with their last win on the road away at Liverpool Collegiate back in January. The reverse fixture at Ormskirk, on the opening day of the season last September, featured a very youthful Eccles side with over half of the squad under 21 years of age and four fresh 18 year olds making their senior league debuts. Eccles started brightly that day, ‘ veteran’ Chris Fortune opening the scoring within 7 minutes and we were comfortably ahead at the break, before second half errors eroded our lead and put the result in the balance, before regaining composure and winning the game 22-24 through a second try from stand off Dan Reed late in the game, who slipped through a gap to dot down behind the posts. Since then Dan has gone on to enjoy a good season in the Lancashire U20 squad and the Eccles 1XV has continued to suffer from an inconsistent line up due to injuries and player availability. I expect today’s team sheet will again feature a number of our homegrown former colts who are showing great promise as we build to the future. I wish both teams the very best of luck in their endeavours today Although our Senior teams have struggled to find consistency and victories on the field this season, the atmosphere in the clubhouse at the weekend is now returning to its best. We’re working hard at Eccles to overcome the set backs of COVID by promoting the game and invigorating its growth within our community. Since last summer, the club has taken big strides forwards with its Mini & Junior rugby, with increased players across all 10 teams. Whist other clubs have curtailed their development of youth due to a decline in numbers, we’re a hive of activity on Sunday mornings and we’ll continue to invest our energies into cultivating our own #homegrown talent - the future team mates of our senior teams at Eccles. Our Community Rugby Coach is engaged with local schools and the club is now growing at a healthy pace with over 470 members. Of course, this surge in participation and the maintenance of our facilities would not be possible without the invaluable assistance we receive from our sponsors and the continued commitment of our volunteers. Supporting the club's activities can be very rewarding so if you’d like to get involved and put something back in to this community please do step forward. Whichever team you’re supporting this weekend, I hope you enjoy your match experience at Eccles. Thank you for your support in this our 125th Anniversary year. Let’s get stuck in! Chris Gaffey // Eccles RFC Chairman HEAD COACH NOTES Hello & a very warm welcome to Gorton street this spring Saturday afternoon from all at Eccles RFC The senior men welcome Ormskirk RUFC to the home of the men in blue & white hoops today and Eccles Captain James Wright will be wanting a better performance from his men than he got from them in their last outing over in Oldham a week ago. Looking back to the game at Ormskirk early in the season Eccles dominated the first half with some exceptional rugby but didn’t score the points to put the game to bed allowing Ormskirk’s confidence to grow entering the second half which saw an end to end second 40 which Eccles managed to come away from victorious. Little did I know then that this game was going to be the story of Eccles’s season seeing very little commitment to playing rugby on a weekly basis from the squad especially more senior players, allowing a vast amount of players new to the club as well as transitioning Colts to gain valuable but sometimes frustrating minutes at first team level. Eccles finish the season with 2 home games over the easter period and I’m confident we can continue to develop as a group giving opportunities to these young men to support their personal journey’s which I’m certain will benefit the club next season & the season’s to follow after that. Thanks for coming I hope you have a great afternoon. Sam Simpson // Eccles RFC Director of Rugby
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ECCLES JUNIORS Spotlight on … Eccles U8s Eccles Under 8s are an awesome outfit. Experts of tag and hotdog connoisseurs, this band of warriors are readying for full contact Rugby Union… Led by Head Coach Alan Bent, this team have a fierceness and flair in equal measure. Benty’s expertise in coaching Mini Rugby has imprinted on another battalion and they’re stepping up to the mark. From his tried and tested training techniques to his warmth and understanding; Alan still sets the tone and standard for coaching youngsters at Eccles. Expertly assisted by all of Stuart, Sam, Allan, Gaz and Kyne…the strength runs deep in this team and the lads are lucky to have such helpful hands at every turn. Team manager Carmel makes the job look easy. A valued volunteer at Eccles, Carmel juggles everything from fixtures, first aid and fantastic photos in between! Fielding multiple teams on a weekly basis, the boys are competitive and compassionate. A focus on the core values of teamwork and communication are the backbone of this unit. Boasting siblings up and down the Junior section has secured their future as Eccles Juniors. Their smiling faces and budding talents are exciting spectators and visitors aplenty. Both dogged and determined in attack and defence, they are looking forward to contact rugby in September. Their Minis experience has been fun, fast and flamboyant. But when these boys get a chance to run without tags, we think they’ll be a real, #homegrown HIT! Dan Nicholls // Eccles RFC Mini & Junior Chairman ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS ECCLES COLTS
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ECCLES LADIES Congratulations... ...to Eccles Ladies player Lucy Whailing-Mills on her selection for Lancashire U18s. 'Pebbles' only began playing touch rugby at Eccles with dad John Whailing in summer 2020 during the COVID lockdown and when restrictions allowed she started training with the women, quickly learning her trade, becoming one of our youngest senior squad members. She played in the GMGN cluster fixtures, joining other teams to get game time and made her debut for Eccles Ladies shortly after turning 17 in January, earning her title “the turnover queen”. When the opportunity to trial for Lancashire presented itself, Ladies head coach James Wright encouraged her to go for it and she earned her place on the squad. Eccles Ladies Captain Rowanne Smalley commented "Pebbles has a history in Judo which means she’s a beast in contact, with great body management and super strong. When she gets on the pitch she tears it up. She’s a versatile player who has already learnt so much, and is constantly turning up with the right attitude wanting to be better. She’s a superstar and we just love her." What a terrific role model, balancing study commitments with sporting dedication. Go for it Pebbles! WALKING RUGBY Numbers attending Walking rugby at Eccles are slightly down in the past few weeks due to self-isolating and some very poor weather. We do however have four new members to the group - a mum of a Junior player, two former senior players and a new recruit who heard about us from a friend. Eccles RFC were one of the first clubs in the region to embrace Walking Rugby and our group remain the largest to date. We are now approaching our 2nd year and until the Covid lockdown in March our activities had been continual. We recommenced Walking Rugby activities on the 7th of September and had 19 participants at the first session. This response is a good reflection of our group of guys and gals who have a strong bond, turn up regularly, and play enthusiastically every Monday evening at 7.00pm, on the 3G pitch, regardless of the weather conditions. Our challenge in the months ahead will be to re-instate the momentum we had gained and get our Walking back up to speed! The game itself encompasses a touch tackle rule so we’re within the RFU guidelines, and we’re also coming to terms with the necessary technology to make registration and playing possible ( we also keep a paper record of participants for those who are not smart phone savvy) We keep in touch through our own What's-app group and new players from within the club are always welcome so why not give it a try! To join the Walkers call me on 07747 570345 Alan Bent // Eccles RFC Walking Rugby
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DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD In 2011 Eccles RFC became the first rugby club in the UK to offer the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) award scheme for its young people aged 14 to 24. A decade on, our DofE award scheme has grown from strength to strength, and can take great pride in the attainment of over 200 prestigious awards (48 Gold, 62 Silver, 127 Bronze) achieved by its players. This remarkable success is a testament to the committed effort and dedicated persistence of our participants and the club volunteers who lead the programme. The DofE award gives young people the chance to learn new skills for life. Consisting of four areas of personal endeavour - Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition (plus a Residential experience at Gold level), the DofE inspires and encourages commitment, personal development and an adventurous spirit in young people to help resilience them gain to the confidence and successfully overcome whatever life throws their way. The award programme compliments Rugby activities here at the club and instills in our future adults the importance of team work and tenacity in reaching goals. To celebrate our 10-year association with the DofE Award scheme, this season the club decided to proudly emblazon all new Eccles RFC Mini and Junior Rugby shirts with the DofE award crest. This initiative was supported by Seward Refrigeration and the Morson Group who provided the financial security to ensure that every Mini and Junior player, aged 5 to 16, could be provided with a new full kit. Anyone who has visited the club this season on a Sunday morning will agree it's been heart-warming to see hundreds of kids running out in those sparkling new Navy and White hoops! Although our sponsors did not make their commitment for reasons ofpublicity we think it only right and proper that we take this opportunity to recognise and express our appreciation of their patronage, without which we could not do what we do. Eccles Rugby Football Club and our DofE award scheme is steadfast in its principles of inclusivity. There are many families within this district suffering hardship and it remains important to us that no member is denied the opportunity to participate as a result of financial contraints. Providing the DofE Award is not without costs. The club holds a central stock of equipment (tents, maps, compasses, cooking stoves, gas etc) but in addition to the annual £1500 licence fee we also need to replace the majority of our tents this coming year due to rodent damage caused whilst in storage during the Covid lockdown. So, we are delighted to confirm that the M&J Christmas events helped to raise £400 for our club's DofE section! Thank you all for your generosity and support it makes a difference. CG. Professional, Reliable CAD Service We provide great value Planning Drawings, Extension Designs and Building Plans for Planning Permission and Building Regs Applications. Wishing all the teams at Eccles RFC a successful season ahead! For all enquiries, please contact us at enquiries@plans2buildmcr.co.uk or call us on Adam 07899 988 562 Lewis 07535 807 532
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE “1997 Centenary Match” Today our 1XV entertain Ormskirk RUFC who were founded in the 1926/27 Season by “enthusiasts who had played the game at public school”. The first captain, Dennis Suffern, was the son of a local doctor and matches were played at the back of the Eureka Hotel, on land owned by Thomas Coulton, whose son, Joe, became the next captain. Their first official game was against King George V School, Southport. Ormskirk were unable to find a permanent ground for some years, playing at Churchfields and Cottage Lane before in the mid 1950's the Green Lane pitches became available and with the approval of the local council, and after a great financial struggle, the ground was obtained and the present clubhouse was opened in 1965. Eccles RFC appear to have had their first fixture with Ormskirk three years after formation on 28th October, 1929. The Eccles journal reported "Eccles arrived at Ormskirk late and the match was confined to thirty minutes each way. Whoever secured the ball either from the scrum or lineout was quickly tackled. The home team frequently kicked to advantage, but were effectively prevented from scoring. Neither team secured points up to half time. After a few minutes play in the second half, an infringement from which a penalty goal resulted gave Ormskirk the lead. Superior combinations transferred the ball to Ormskirk's five yard line, where a long struggle and good work by the forwards enabled F. F. Townsend (Eccles Captain), to record a try which J. H. Bickershaw improved. Frequent kicking gained ground for Ormskirk, but their finishing was poor, though their tactics prevented Eccles from further scoring. Ormskirk 3 v Eccles 5. The return fixture was played on 19th April,1930. GORTON STREET GAZETTE “1997 Centenary Match” Extracts from the Eccles RFC committee minute books: 50 years ago. 1972. 24th April, 1972 - Easter Monday, Eccles played the Welsh touring team, Seven Sisters. A letter of thanks had been received from the tourists from Neath, West Glamorgan. The local coal pit owner, Evan Evans-Bevan, had named the colliery after his seven daughters in 1872. The Eccles committee observed that, "despite one or two minor setbacks, the day had been a great success.” The previous week it was noted in the minute book regarding arrangements for the Easter Touring team. Mr. R. Erlston (bar secretary) said that he would ensure that the bar was sufficiently well stocked. A firm order for catering for both Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday had been made by Mr. D. Brown (secretary) as it was a busy weekend for fixtures: 1st April - Eccles 1st XV v Prestwich; Eccles 3rd XV v Prestwich; Colts XV v Widnes. A. G. M. 5th June, 1972 3rd April (Easter Monday) - Eccles v Seven Sisters. The Colts once again, had a very good season - played 31, won 23, lost 8. Eccles 1st XV playing record - played 46, won 22, lost 22, drawn 2. In the Griffin plaque competition Eccles had again reached the final, only to lose 21-4 against Didsbury Toc H. Chairman Ron Pennington thanked Ray Cook, serving on the Social committee, for "his efforts entertaining us and for the money he has raised. I trust he will continue the good work.” Well done Ray, still supporting the club on Saturday afternoons. 25 years ago. 1997. Three main events were held to celebrate the Centenary season in 1997: The Centenary match - between the Exiles and Eccles 40s featured a few familiar names from the two teams - Pickersgill, Dore, Wilkinson, Bent, Nicholls, Erlston, Leigh, Jones, Fritton, Griffiths, Sulway. The Centenary Dinner - 9th May, 1997. Invited guests included Phil Bennett OBE (29 Welsh caps, captaining the side to 2 triple crowns and a grand slam), Brian Leigh (Chairman of the Manchester District Referees Society, Secretary of Lancs County RFC) and Dr. Terry Crystal (England team doctor). The Centenary Dinner Dance - held on the 14th June, 1997.
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Tables 2021-22 Season ECCLES MEN 1XV ADM PREMIER DIVISION LANCASHIRE LEAGUES Didsbury Toc H Widnes West Park (St. Helens) Liverpool (St. Helens) Aldwinians Fleetwood Liverpool Collegiate Oldham Eccles Ormskirk Wigan Burnley (Withdrawn) ECCLES MEN 2XV NOWIRUL DIV. 2 SOUTH HALBRO NW LEAGUES Broughton Park 2XV Warrington 2XV Anselmians 2XV Didsbury TOC H 2XV Macclesfield 2XV Eccles 2XV Knutsford Altrincham Kersal 2XV Manchester 2XV Crewe & Nantwich 2XV Liverpool University Veterans Bowdon 2XV GAMES 21 18 20 21 21 21 20 21 20 20 20 21 RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS BP LBP ADJ 21 0 0 574 142 432 101 17 0 14 0 4 454 207 247 70 14 0 15 0 5 51 328 173 70 10 0 13 1 7 487 381 106 62 8 0 12 1 8 392 376 16 59 9 0 8 2 11 322 368 -46 45 9 0 9 0 11 281 333 -52 44 8 0 8 0 13 278 424 -146 39 7 0 6 2 12 296 443 -147 36 8 0 7 0 13 262 588 -326 35 7 0 6 0 14 212 469 -257 29 5 0 0 0 21 0 0 0 0 0 0 GAMES 19 20 19 19 19 19 19 20 20 19 20 19 RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 19 0 0 687 169 518 95 0 0 16 0 4 563 275 288 86 0 0 15 1 3 356 209 147 82 0 0 11 2 6 579 275 304 68 0 0 10 1 8 451 260 191 53 0 0 7 3 9 343 362 -19 52 0 0 7 0 12 377 538 -161 48 0 0 7 0 13 355 509 -154 47 0 0 5 1 14 386 680 -294 44 0 0 6 0 13 260 615 -355 43 0 0 3 2 15 285 438 -153 36 0 0 5 0 14 315 627 -312 35 0 0 ECCLES MENS TABLES MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Date Mens 1XV 28-Aug-21 Burnley - CUP 04-Sep-21 Ormskirk 11-Sep-21 West Park St. H. 18-Sep-21 Widnes 25-Sep-21 02-Oct-21 Wigan 09-Oct-21 Aldwinians 16-Oct-21 Burnley 23-Oct-21 Didsbury Toc H 30-Oct-21 06-Nov-21 Liverpool Coll. 13-Nov-21 20-Nov-21 Liverpool St, H. 27-Nov-21 04-Dec-21 Oldham 11-Dec-21 Fleetwood 18-Dec-21 West Park St. H. 24-Dec-21 28-Dec-21 31-Dec-21 08-Jan-22 Widnes 15-Jan-22 Wigan 22-Jan-22 Aldwinians 29-Jan-22 Burnley 12-Feb-22 Didsbury Toc H 19-Feb-22 Liverpool Coll. 26-Feb-22 West Park St. H. 05-Mar-22 Fleetwood 12-Mar-22 Didsbury Toc H 19-Mar-22 Liverpool St. H 26-Mar-22 02-Apr-22 Oldham 09-Apr-22 Ormskirk 18-Apr-22 23-Apr-22 Widnes 30-Apr-22 HA Results H 77 - 15W Mens 2XV A 22 - 24W Bowdon 2XV H 22 - 40L Manchester 2XV A 36 - 7L Warrington 2XV A 29 - 20L Warrington 2XV H HWM A 38 - 22L Crewe & Nantwich 2XV A Anselmians A 22 - 17L A 18 - 5L Didsbury Toc H 2XV Liverpool Uni. Vets. Knutsford H 13 - 10W Macclesfield 4XV H 11 - 11D Broughton Park 2XV A PP - PP Manchester 2XV H 15 - 23L A H 58 - 24W A A A PP 7 - 34L PP - PP HWM A 26 - 26D HA Results A 33 - 7L H 67 - 0W H 26 - 5W H 29 - 15W Altrincham Kersal 2XV A 34 - 19L H 24 - 37L H PP - PP A 27 - 24L Warrington 2XV A HWM Liverpool Uni. Vets. HWM Anselmians A 39 - 0L H 19 - 22L Altrincham Kersal 2XV H 24 - 27L A 7 - 12W H PP - PP Crewe & Nantwich 2XV A 14 - 29W AWO H Liverpool Uni. Vets. Knutsford A 40 - 12L Macclesfield 4XV H H Bowdon 2XV Manchester 2XV Broughton Park 2XV A H H A H A 57 - 5L 5 - 5D A 29 - 38W HWO A 32 - 32D Didsbury Toc H 2XV H 7 - 24L H 17 - 25L H A 32 - 15L
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Strong second half performance not enough. Eccles 17-25 Liverpool St Helens Saturday 19 March 2022 Liverpool St Helens arrived at Gorton Street in decent form, being unbeaten in 9 of their last 11 ADM Premier fixtures since defeating Eccles 18-5 last November at Moss Lane. For probably the first time this season, Eccles were able to name a team with only a handful of changes from the previous outing and hoped this rare consistency in line up would provide an 80-minute performance. The game got underway in beautiful spring sunshine which had encouraged a good turn out of supporters. The visitors enjoyed the early attacking pressure for the opening 5 minutes but Eccles stood strong inside their own 22 and play eventually moved back to the midfield where it remained for the next 10 minutes, without either side mounting a serious threat to score. LSH looked to have the larger pack but Eccles appeared to cope with this. With about 20 minus played the deadlock was broken with speed not power, the LSH Winger making a good break down the right flank, and drawing the Eccles defence out wide, putting a nice pass back inside to his supporting Fullback (Johnson) to run in and claim the first Try. 0-5. Eccles struggled to respond to this set back as LSH built attacking pressure from the restart. Unable to escape their own half Eccles were inviting trouble. On 37’ LSH broke through on the left and with the benefit of a missed tackle the winger (Dickinson) ran the ball in under the sticks for a Try and straightforward conversion to give the visitors a comfortable lead as the game headed into halftime. HT 0-12. Following the break, Eccles make a concerted effort to make progress and were more aggressive and confident in their play. On 55’ Wright , Fortune and Candland combined to break through in the centre, Flanker Adam Christey hit the fringe on the right and offloaded out of the back door to supporting winger Will Parkinson who used terrific footwork to avoid the touch line and score in the corner. 5-12 TRY ECCLES. Eccles were now playing with more belief and determination. On 65’ a quick reaction to a penalty in the midfield, play moved out to the 1XV MATCH REPORT and the referee turns the restart over to LSH! Wood strikes his right and a James Wright pass fired out to the right touchline found Chris Fortune whose spidey sences helped him catch the ball behind him, pirouette, and leave LSH heads spinning as he raced in to score. 10-12 TRY ECCLES. Eccles had their tails up. Young back row Ryley Thornton made a couple of barnstorming breaks. Will Parky was unlucky to loose his footing after his mazy weaving run through the middle cut LSH open. But the fight back was unfortunately short lived as Eccles lost their focus and heads in a costly 5-minute period. On 72’ LSH set a platform for their number 8 (Hull) to crash through and score a third try to the side of the sticks. Converted 10-19. Following the restart a Penalty is awarded to LSH, the kick is accurate. 10-22. As the players retake their positions to recommence play complaints from Eccles persist second penalty in as many minutes, this one from the halfway line, straight through the posts. 10-25. Having given away these points so cheaply, Eccles were now made to work hard to regain their momentum as they pounded away at a tiring LSH defence. On 78’ a Penalty Try was awarded to Eccles in the right corner, as Damola crashed over to score and the LSH number 21 was given a yellow card for use of his shoulder. 17-25 PENALTY TRY ECCLES. It was a feisty end to the contest as Eccles attacked and a stretched LSH held on. Possession was turned over to the exuberant delight of their 8 and LSH kicked to touch so the match official could bring the game to a close. Eccles gave a strong second half performance and were capable of taking the win, but lacked cool clinical calmness when required and offered little attacking threat in the first period. FT 17-25 1XV MATCH REPORT
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TEAM SHEETSTEAM SHEETS Eccles Ladies 1. Sarah Williams 2. Maryam Patel 3. Jenny Lakin 4. Helena Ryan 5. Siobhan Mullen 6. Kris Garner Day 7. Rebecca Roden 8. Leah Christian 9. Helen Johnson 10. Freya Waterhouse 11. Mollie Landers 12. Sade Higano 13. Victoria Kini 14. Jo Mcarten Cripps 15. Rowanne Smalley 16. Bulak Dale 17. Mollie Young 18. Pebbles Whailing-Mills 19. Katie Roach 20. Vikki Swinburn #Homegrown at Eccles RFC Coach-James Wright # Manchester Ladies TODAY’S REFEREE: Alan Blackburn - (MADREFS) Tables 2021-22 Season ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH 2 Bishop Auckland Sale 1861 Sheffield Birkenhead Park Manchester Didsbury Toc H Crewe & Nantwich Darlington Eccles GAMES 14 14 13 15 15 13 15 11 12 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS SENIOR COLTS U18s GAMES PRELIM. D HALBRO NWL Kirkby Lonsdale Rossendale Eccles Sale Southport Altrincham Kersal SENIOR COLTS U18s CONF. F HALBRO NWL Crewe & Nantwich Whitchurch Sale Rossendale Eccles TBA RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 13 0 1 582 181 401 65 12 1 12 0 2 531 91 440 60 11 1 11 0 2 436 142 294 53 9 2 7 1 7 359 239 120 39 7 0 6 0 9 383 435 -52 29 5 1 5 0 8 289 476 -187 27 6 2 3 1 11 189 392 -203 19 3 0 2 0 9 104 449 -345 11 3 0 1 0 11 94 562 -468 7 3 0 RESULTS P W D L 5 5 5 5 5 5 GAMES RESULTS P W D L 8 8 8 8 8 0 ECCLES JUNIOR COLTS JUNIOR COLTS U17s GAMES PRELIM F HALBRO Aldwinians Glossop & Marple Eccles Clitheroe Broughton Park & TMV TBA 4 4 4 4 4 0 POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 5 0 0 151 51 100 25 0 0 3 0 2 98 84 14 18 1 0 2 1 2 76 94 -18 15 0 0 2 0 3 109 123 -14 14 1 0 2 0 3 77 66 11 13 1 0 0 1 4 38 131 -93 7 POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 6 1 1 250 88 162 24 0 0 5 1 2 210 114 96 20 1 0 4 0 4 144 170 -26 20 2 0 4 0 4 114 160 -46 19 1 0 0 0 8 89 275 -186 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 RESULTS W D L F POINTS TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 4 0 0 151 79 72 35 1 0 3 0 1 117 74 43 30 0 0 2 0 2 111 161 -50 26 2 0 1 0 3 65 97 -32 25 1 0 0 0 4 114 147 -33 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES
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CLUB INFORMATION President - Mark Dutton Chairman - Chris Gaffey Honorary Secretary - Dave Nicholls Honorary Treasurer - Mike Bateman Fixtures Secretary - Don Edmondson Director of Rugby - Sam Simpson Safeguarding Officer - Heather Thorpe D of E Chairman - Mark Baines Mini & Junior Chairman - Dan Nicholls Junior Fixtures Secretary - Leeann Aspinall Ladies Captain - Rowanne Smalley Mens’ Captain - James Wright To play rugby Contact: Mens’ Head Coach Sam Simpson 07935 403171 Ladies Head Coach James Wright 07791 227616 Mini & Junior Chair Dan Nicholls 07789 202189 PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend, 2022 is officially our 125th Anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 75 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. It has been a strange year with everything that has been going on but the club has still been extremely busy. The money we raised through Crowdfunder, £40K+, has put us in an exciting position to commence several ground improvement projects. The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I am limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We can offer something for everyone including ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday nights at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshment, especially with our new friends from the First Chop Brewery. Mark Dutton // Eccles RFC President
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME A warm welcome to all our supporters and visitors at Eccles RFC today. The recent wet conditions have seen lots of waterlogged pitches and cancelled fixtures across the region. Eccles has managed to avoid major disruptions due in no small part to the weekly efforts of our dedicated grounds team that keep our pitches in great playing condition despite the weather. If you see a 'fossil’ in the bar please buy him a pint! And whilst you are at it, please buy the ref a pint too. Without the commitment of these old farts we’d have no rugby to enjoy. Our 1XV opponents today, Liverpool St Helens, arrive in good form being unbeaten in 9 of their last 11 ADM Premier fixtures since defeating Eccles 18-5 last November. Eccles players and supporters will no doubt recall several events from the fixture at Moss Lane and will no doubt be looking to reverse that result today in another close contest. Since the opening day of the season, the Eccles 1XV has suffered from an inconsistent line up due to injuries and player availability. As with the game at LSH, I expect today’s team sheet will feature a number of our homegrown former colts who are showing great promise as we build to the future. I wish both teams the very best of luck in their exploits. Although our Senior teams have struggled to find consistency on the field this season, there is a renewed camaraderie within the squads and the atmosphere in the clubhouse at the weekend is now returning to its best. We’re working hard at Eccles to overcome the set backs of COVID by promoting the game and invigorating its growth within our community. Since last summer, the club has taken big strides forwards with its Mini & Junior rugby, with increased players across all 10 teams. Whist other clubs have curtailed their development of youth due to a decline in numbers, we’re a hive of activity and bursting at the seams on Sunday mornings! Our Community Rugby Coach is engaged with local schools and the club is now growing at a healthy pace with over 460 members. Of course, this surge in participation and the maintenance of our facilities would not be possible without the invaluable assistance we receive from our sponsors and the continued commitment of our volunteers. Supporting the club's activities can be very rewarding so if you’d like to get involved and put something back in to this community please do step forward. Whichever team you’re supporting this weekend, I hope you enjoy your match experience at Eccles and you keep returning throughout the season. Thank you for your support in this our 125th Anniversary year. Let’s get stuck in! Chris Gaffey // Eccles RFC Chairman HEAD COACH NOTES
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ECCLES JUNIORS Spotlight on … Eccles 16s. Following the disruption of Covid, the Eccles Under 16s returned to activity in May 2021 and the squad has continued its growth and development since then, with new recruits bolstering the ranks, to become a formidable team during the 2021/22 season, recording 13 wins, 4 defeats and 508 points so far. With dedication to weekly training, the lads have shown they are willing as a group to work hard collectively to identify and solve their own problems. Defeats to Liverpool St Helens and Old Brods Halifax have been good lessons in the importance of discipline and urgency. Highlight victories against Vale of Lune, Rochdale, Sale, Manchester and Heaton Moor demonstrated the team is resilient and capable of fighting back to finish strong. Physicality naturally increases as the boys become young men. Whilst the team has encountered numerous ambulance call outs, A&E visits and injuries to legs, wrists, collarbones, necks, backs, muscles and concussions this season, the depth and flexibility of the squad has kept the U16s competitive (and the club has kept us in replacement match shorts and shirts). The lads are displaying an admirable, unrelenting hunger and Marie has learned she can save on washing up by simply letting them lick all the pans clean! This season 12 Eccles U16s players were invited for DPP assessment following which 8 Eccles players were selected to represent Lancashire in games against Cheshire, Yorkshire and Worcester, and another player was selected to join the Sale Sharks Academy. A significant achievement if you consider the number of clubs and players in our region. Several players have begun their DofE Journey and alongside volunteering at the club on Saturday match days they are learning camp craft and orientating skills in readiness for their Bronze award expedition. The boys have formed a strong bond of brotherhood and are beginning to take responsibility for themselves and their team on and off the pitch. As we head into spring the U16s will have their playing allegiances tested as we face stiff competition from local Rugby League teams. We hope we can keep the boys together to successfully compete in the later stages of the County Cup and prepare for their next challenge, playing as U18 Senior Colts next season. Myself and the coaching team are very pleased with their progress this last year, although their taste in changing room match music still requires education! Chris Gaffey // Eccles RFC U16 Coach. ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS ECCLES COLTS
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ECCLES LADIES Salford University Lionesses join the #PrideOfSalford Firstly welcome to all of our sponsors who have made it down to the club today to see where their hard earned money is spent, I want to exend my deepest gratitude to all of you who have supported us throughout the season and during the pandemic. Without your generosity we would not be able to provide the offer that we do to so many. The Ladies team welcome fellow league strugglers Darlington to Gorton Street this sunday, after the away fixture had to be postponed due to covid this will be our first time playing them unusual for this late in the season. Darlington have had a similar season to ourselves often battling bravely against strong opposition but not coming out on the side of the result they would have liked. Eccles have seen continuous growth throughout the season having blooded upwards of 15 players at this standard we are now starting to see the fruits of our labour. Players such as Rhianna Scott, Evie Hancox and Helena Ryan have made huge leaps in past games providing impetus and impact. These players are adding to a strong core of experienced campaigners and we hope this blend of the old and the new will lead to the perfect recipe for a result on Sunday. Finally congratulations, firstly to those players who trialed for the Senior Lancashire County squad this past week (Rowanne Smalley, Rhianna Scott, Evie Hancox, Helen Johnson, Freya Waterhouse #, Leah Christian #, Helena Walker and Chris Garner-Scott). It is a real privilege as a coach to watch your players go onto the next level and play to the level you know they are capable of. Our second congratulations comes with good luck as Pebbles Whaling-Mills travels to Yorkshire this weekend with the Lancashire U18s. Our final congratulations must go to Bella Molloy of the U13s Girls who represented the club and her school on Saturday at Twickenham during the launch of the touch union, we are sure it won't be long before she is back there wearing white next to her Eccles team mates. We are incredibly proud of you all. It is a great time to be an Eccles Lady, what's stopping you joining the Pride of Salford? James Wright // Eccles RFC Ladies & Girls Head Coach WALKING RUGBY Numbers attending Walking rugby at Eccles are slightly down in the past few weeks due to self-isolating and some very poor weather. We do however have four new members to the group - a mum of a Junior player, two former senior players and a new recruit who heard about us from a friend. Eccles RFC were one of the first clubs in the region to embrace Walking Rugby and our group remain the largest to date. We are now approaching our 2nd year and until the Covid lockdown in March our activities had been continual. We recommenced Walking Rugby activities on the 7th of September and had 19 participants at the first session. This response is a good reflection of our group of guys and gals who have a strong bond, turn up regularly, and play enthusiastically every Monday evening at 7.00pm, on the 3G pitch, regardless of the weather conditions. Our challenge in the months ahead will be to re-instate the momentum we had gained and get our Walking back up to speed! The game itself encompasses a touch tackle rule so we’re within the RFU guidelines, and we’re also coming to terms with the necessary technology to make registration and playing possible ( we also keep a paper record of participants for those who are not smart phone savvy) We keep in touch through our own What's-app group and new players from within the club are always welcome so why not give it a try! To join the Walkers call me on 07747 570345 Alan Bent // Eccles RFC Walking Rugby
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DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD In 2011 Eccles RFC became the first rugby club in the UK to offer the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) award scheme for its young people aged 14 to 24. A decade on, our DofE award scheme has grown from strength to strength, and can take great pride in the attainment of over 200 prestigious awards (48 Gold, 62 Silver, 127 Bronze) achieved by its players. This remarkable success is a testament to the committed effort and dedicated persistence of our participants and the club volunteers who lead the programme. The DofE award gives young people the chance to learn new skills for life. Consisting of four areas of personal endeavour - Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition (plus a Residential experience at Gold level), the DofE inspires and encourages commitment, personal development and an adventurous spirit in young people to help resilience them gain to the confidence and successfully overcome whatever life throws their way. The award programme compliments Rugby activities here at the club and instills in our future adults the importance of team work and tenacity in reaching goals. To celebrate our 10-year association with the DofE Award scheme, this season the club decided to proudly emblazon all new Eccles RFC Mini and Junior Rugby shirts with the DofE award crest. This initiative was supported by Seward Refrigeration and the Morson Group who provided the financial security to ensure that every Mini and Junior player, aged 5 to 16, could be provided with a new full kit. Anyone who has visited the club this season on a Sunday morning will agree it's been heart-warming to see hundreds of kids running out in those sparkling new Navy and White hoops! Although our sponsors did not make their commitment for reasons ofpublicity we think it only right and proper that we take this opportunity to recognise and express our appreciation of their patronage, without which we could not do what we do. Eccles Rugby Football Club and our DofE award scheme is steadfast in its principles of inclusivity. There are many families within this district suffering hardship and it remains important to us that no member is denied the opportunity to participate as a result of financial contraints. Providing the DofE Award is not without costs. The club holds a central stock of equipment (tents, maps, compasses, cooking stoves, gas etc) but in addition to the annual £1500 licence fee we also need to replace the majority of our tents this coming year due to rodent damage caused whilst in storage during the Covid lockdown. So, we are delighted to confirm that the M&J Christmas events helped to raise £400 for our club's DofE section! Thank you all for your generosity and support it makes a difference. CG. Professional, Reliable CAD Service We provide great value Planning Drawings, Extension Designs and Building Plans for Planning Permission and Building Regs Applications. Wishing all the teams at Eccles RFC a successful season ahead! For all enquiries, please contact us at enquiries@plans2buildmcr.co.uk or call us on Adam 07899 988 562 Lewis 07535 807 532
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Today our 1XV entertain the Liverpool St Helens club who can trace its origins to 1857 when Liverpool Football Club was formed, making it the oldest open rugby club in the world and its proud player history is able claim three of the England XX that played Scotland in the first ever International in 1871. St Helens RUFC was founded in 1919 as St Helens Old Boys, originally students of Cowley School. The St Helens club also boasted many internationals over the years including its current President Ray French. Liverpool and St Helens merged in 1986, playing at the St Helens ground at Moss Lane in the early years in National Division One but sinking to Division Four and spending much of the 1990s attempting to come to tearms with the new age of professionalism. When Eccles visited Moss Lane last Autumn, the LSH officials believed it to be the very first time the two clubs had ever met. Remarkable considering Eccles RFC is celebrating its 125th anniversary this season and our recent research shows our club origins stretch beyond 1897 back to 1878. A delve into our own club archives has provided records of two events: On Saturday 10th November, 1951 a new fixture between Eccles v Liverpool ‘A' , corroborated by the Eccles Journal the following week, 16th November, with a match report under the heading "16-3 win for Eccles against Liverpool "A”. Eccles fielded an unchanged team for the third successive week when they defeated Liverpool "A" at Guilford Road by 2 goals, 2 tries to 1 try (16-3).The game, though a hard one, failed to produce constructive rugby, both sides relying on individual efforts. Eccles took the lead in the first minute when Miller collected a loose ball and raced through from the half way line to score an unconverted try. The home team kept up the pressure and increased their lead with an unconverted try by Waller. After the interval Liverpool opened their score when Martin scored a grand individual try. Eccles went further ahead when Davies scored under the posts, Miller converting. Miller collected a loose ball to outpace the visitors defence to score a try which he converted." From the 1939/40 membership book, is a hand written record of a Wimslow Sevens Competition. 20th April, 1940 - Eccles v St Helens Old Boys. First Round. Win for Eccles 10-5. Eccles lost to Birkenhead Park in the 2nd Round 0-10. The Committee minute book 15th April, 1940 records the Eccles v St Helens Old Boys game kicked off 3pm and the Hon. Sec. reported Postal Order was sent value 10 shillings for ticket. Fixtures for the 1939/40 Season were abandoned but the club’s war-time committee organised some local away games such as this sevens competiton and also played games against Army sides as the nation prepared itself for news of an evacuation from Dunkirk, May 1940. GORTON STREET GAZETTE Photo caption: Ted and Dave Nicholls. Roy and Pete Sulway. Alan and Doug Wooller. Eccles RFC rugby family #homegrown Extracts from the Eccles RFC committee minute books: 10th May, 1982, 40 years ago Emergency lighting had been obtained and would be fitted by Mr. E. Nicholls (our Ted). 14th March, 1977, 45 years ago Bowdon players going away without a bath. Discussion took place, "water hot enough etc.". If this was the case, Secretary to write to Bowdon expressing apologies as this had happened before ! 17th April, 1967, 55 years ago A.R. Gilbody proposed that at the following A.G.M., H. Broomhead be made an Hon, Life Member in recognition of his past services to the club. Seconded by the President (R. W. Hampson). All in favour. 10th March, 1952, 70 years ago The water in the bath was lukewarm on Saturday though it was still running in hot. It was decided that no cold water be put in the bath to start with. An invitation had been received from the Manchester club asking us to participate in their Sevens. It was agreed to accept. 17th March, 1952, 70 years ago Resolution proposed by A. R. Gilbody and seconded by E. S. Mayor that Tom Povey and Frank Yates to be elected to Hon. Life Membership in recognition of their long and meritorous services to the club. This was agreed unanimously. Match results v Metro Vicks - 3 wins. 1st XV won 13-8, "A"XV won 14-3, Extra "A" won 23-3
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Tables 2021-22 Season ECCLES MEN 1XV ADM PREMIER DIVISION LANCASHIRE LEAGUES Didsbury Toc H Widnes West Park (St. Helens) Liverpool (St. Helens) Aldwinians Liverpool Collegiate Eccles Oldham Fleetwood Ormskirk Wigan Burnley (Withdrawn) ECCLES MEN 2XV NOWIRUL DIV. 2 SOUTH HALBRO NW LEAGUES Broughton Park 2XV Warrington 2XV Anselmians 2XV Didsbury TOC H 2XV Macclesfield 2XV Knutsford Altrincham Kersal 2XV Manchester 2XV Eccles 2XV Crewe & Nantwich 2XV Liverpool University Veterans Bowdon 2XV GAMES 18 15 17 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 20 RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS BP LBP ADJ 18 0 0 513 113 400 87 15 0 13 0 2 421 148 273 84 12 0 13 0 4 462 283 179 61 9 0 11 1 6 362 311 51 5 7 0 10 1 7 322 316 6 53 8 0 9 0 9 257 297 -40 44 8 0 6 2 10 267 378 -111 36 8 0 7 0 11 206 351 -145 34 6 0 7 0 11 252 507 -255 34 6 0 5 2 11 248 341 -93 30 6 0 5 0 13 173 438 -265 23 3 0 0 0 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 GAMES 17 18 17 16 17 17 18 19 17 17 17 16 RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 17 0 0 608 159 449 85 0 0 14 0 4 459 246 213 76 0 0 13 1 3 281 185 96 72 0 0 9 2 5 416 200 216 57 0 0 10 1 6 451 260 191 53 0 0 7 0 10 338 455 -117 46 0 0 7 0 11 340 403 -63 45 0 0 5 1 13 371 638 -267 43 0 0 5 3 9 305 333 -28 42 0 0 6 0 11 240 490 -250 41 0 0 2 2 13 219 354 -135 29 0 0 3 0 13 236 541 -305 24 0 0 ECCLES MENS TABLES MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Date Mens 1XV 28-Aug-21 Burnley - CUP 04-Sep-21 Ormskirk 11-Sep-21 West Park St. H. 18-Sep-21 Widnes 25-Sep-21 02-Oct-21 Wigan 09-Oct-21 Aldwinians 16-Oct-21 Burnley 23-Oct-21 Didsbury Toc H 30-Oct-21 06-Nov-21 Liverpool Coll. 13-Nov-21 20-Nov-21 Liverpool St, H. 27-Nov-21 04-Dec-21 Oldham 11-Dec-21 Fleetwood 18-Dec-21 West Park St. H. 24-Dec-21 28-Dec-21 31-Dec-21 08-Jan-22 Widnes 15-Jan-22 Wigan 22-Jan-22 Aldwinians 29-Jan-22 Burnley 12-Feb-22 Didsbury Toc H 19-Feb-22 Liverpool Coll. 26-Feb-22 West Park St. H. 05-Mar-22 Fleetwood 12-Mar-22 Didsbury Toc H 19-Mar-22 Liverpool St. H 26-Mar-22 02-Apr-22 Oldham 09-Apr-22 Ormskirk 18-Apr-22 23-Apr-22 Widnes A H H HA Results H 77 - 15W Mens 2XV A 22 - 24W Bowdon 2XV H 22 - 40L Manchester 2XV A 36 - 7L Warrington 2XV A 29 - 20L Warrington 2XV H HWM A 38 - 22L Crewe & Nantwich 2XV A Anselmians A 22 - 17L A 18 - 5L Didsbury Toc H 2XV Liverpool Uni. Vets. Knutsford H 13 - 10W Macclesfield 4XV H 11 - 11D Broughton Park 2XV A PP - PP Manchester 2XV H 15 - 23L A H 58 - 24W A A A PP 7 - 34L PP - PP HWM A 26 - 26D HA Results A 33 - 7L H 67 - 0W H 26 - 5W H 29 - 15W Altrincham Kersal 2XV A 34 - 19L H 24 - 37L H PP - PP A 27 - 24L Warrington 2XV A HWM Liverpool Uni. Vets. A 39 - 0L H 19 - 22L Altrincham Kersal 2XV H 24 - 27L A 7 - 12W H PP - PP Crewe & Nantwich 2XV A 14 - 29W AWO HWM Anselmians Liverpool Uni. Vets. H A H Broughton Park 2XV Bowdon 2XV A H A H 57 - 5L 5 - 5D H A 32 - 15L A 32 - 32D Didsbury Toc H 2XV H 7 - 24L H Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV
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1XV MATCH REPORT TEAM SHEETS Eccles 7-24 Didsbury Toc H In beautiful spring sunshine, the teams observed 1 minute silence in tribute to Eccles stalwart Ted Nicholls RIP, before kick off. Didsbury got the game underway and enjoyed good attacking possession for the first 5 minutes but were unable to break through the Eccles defensive lines and play remained in the midfield. After the opening exchanges, Eccles successfully moved the game into Didsbury Territory for the next 15 minutes and an enjoyable physical contest developed. Sustained pressure and good passing from Eccles kept the ball on the edge of the visitor's 22 for several phases. Multiple penalties were awarded but Eccles declined to kick for points, instead opting for the quick tap with limited success. On 25‘ a high tackle was awarded and as Eccles looked to attack quickly inside the Didsbury 22, an outrageous late hit on Chris Fortune went unseen and unpunished by the official. The game was halted for treatment to be administered and Didsbury escaped without card and were awarded possession, which they duly punted down field. The game remained in Eccles territory for the next 5 minutes. A Didsbury penalty in the centre field was kicked to touch in the right corner, and an opening score might have been expected from a driving maul but the Eccles defence defiant. On 35 minutes, Gavin Ackers Johnson anticipated and intercepted a Didsbury pass on the Eccles 22, and the winger raced way with the bal, leaving the pursuing fullback behind him, to dot down between the sticks and break the dead lock with the opening try; converted by James Wright. The first half was a close competitive contest and Eccles went into the break deservedly ahead, having earned the lead through strong defence and enjoying the greater attacking possession. HT 7-0. Eccles however made a poor start to the second half, kicking to Didsbury who returned the ball through the lines to score two quick tries from two restarts edging into the lead with only a few minutes played (7-12). Eccles battled back but were unable to mount a serious threat to the Didsbury goal line and the score remained unchanged for 25 minutes as Eccles appeared to run out of steam. As the game edged into the last 10 minutes it was Didsbury who were able to find the grit to put the result out of doubt. At 70’ sustained PnG attacking pressure from the visiting Forwards resulted in a 3rd try (7-17) and once again straight from the Eccles restart, Didsbury kicked the loose ball remained through the lines to score a 4th try on 72’ to secure the victory and maintain their unbeaten run at the top of the ADM Premier League Table. FT 7-24. ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIPTables 2021-22 SeasonPOINTS P W D L GAMES NORTH 2 Bishop Auckland Sale 1861 Sheffield Birkenhead Park Manchester Didsbury Toc H Crewe & Nantwich Darlington Eccles 13 12 13 11 13 11 13 9 10 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS SENIOR COLTS U18s GAMES PRELIM. D HALBRO NWL Kirkby Lonsdale Rossendale Eccles Sale Southport Altrincham Kersal SENIOR COLTS U18s CONF. F HALBRO NWL Crewe & Nantwich Whitchurch Sale Rossendale Eccles TBA RESULTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 12 0 1 513 171 342 60 12 0 11 0 1 431 120 311 53 9 0 10 0 2 478 86 392 50 10 0 6 0 7 315 205 110 31 7 0 5 0 8 335 399 -64 24 4 0 4 0 7 227 416 -189 22 6 0 3 0 10 167 339 -172 16 4 0 2 0 7 72 349 -277 10 2 0 0 0 10 39 492 -453 1 1 0 RESULTS P W D L 5 5 5 5 5 5 GAMES RESULTS P W D L 8 8 8 8 8 0 ECCLES JUNIOR COLTS JUNIOR COLTS U17s PRELIM F HALBRO Aldwinians Glossop & Marple Eccles Clitheroe Broughton Park & TMV TBA GAMES P 4 4 4 4 4 0 RESULTS W D L F POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 5 0 0 151 51 100 25 0 0 3 0 2 98 84 14 18 1 0 2 1 2 76 94 -18 15 0 0 2 0 3 109 123 -14 14 1 0 2 0 3 77 66 11 13 1 0 0 1 4 38 131 -93 7 0 0 POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 6 1 1 250 88 162 24 0 0 5 1 2 210 114 96 20 1 0 4 0 4 144 170 -26 20 2 0 4 0 4 114 160 -46 19 1 0 0 0 8 89 275 -186 6 0 0 0 0 0 POINTS 0 0 1 0 0 0 TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 4 0 0 151 79 72 35 1 0 3 0 1 117 74 43 30 0 0 2 0 2 111 161 -50 26 2 0 1 0 3 65 97 -32 25 1 0 0 0 4 114 147 -33 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES
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CLUB INFORMATION President - Mark Dutton Chairman - Chris Gaffey Honorary Secretary - Dave Nicholls Honorary Treasurer - Mike Bateman Fixtures Secretary - Don Edmondson Director of Rugby - Sam Simpson Safeguarding Officer - Heather Thorpe D of E Chairman - Mark Baines Mini & Junior Chairman - Dan Nicholls Junior Fixtures Secretary - Leeann Aspinall Ladies Captain - Rowanne Smalley Mens’ Captain - James Wright To play rugby Contact: Mens’ Head Coach Sam Simpson 07935 403171 Ladies Head Coach James Wright 07791 227616 Mini & Junior Chair Dan Nicholls 07789 202189 PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend, 2022 is officially our 125th Anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 75 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. It has been a strange year with everything that has been going on but the club has still been extremely busy. The money we raised through Crowdfunder, £40K+, has put us in an exciting position to commence several ground improvement projects. The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I am limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We can offer something for everyone including ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday nights at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshment, especially with our new friends from the First Chop Brewery. Mark Dutton // Eccles RFC President
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME A warm welcome to all our supporters and visitors at Eccles RFC today. The recent wet conditions have seen lots of waterlogged pitches and cancelled fixtures across the region. So far, Eccles have been fortunate in avoiding major disruptions due to weather and I’d like to acknowledge the weekly efforts of our dedicated grounds team that keep our pitches in great playing condition despite the weather. If you are reading this, you can assume the match is going ahead and if you see a 'fossil’ in the bar please buy him a pint! Our 1XV opponents today, Didsbury Toc H, arrive unbeaten at the top of the ADM Premier. Eccles players and supporters will recall several memorable events from the fixture earlier in the season at Ford Lane which Toc H won 38-22, and will no doubt be looking to avenge that away defeat today. Since October the 1XV has continued to suffer from a long injury list and inconsistent line up. As with the game at Didsbury, I expect today’s team sheet will feature a number of our homegrown former colts who are showing great promise as we build to the future. Our 2XV men are also at home today to face Liverpool University Vetinarians. I wish both teams the very best of luck in their exploits. Although our Senior teams have struggled to find consistency on the field this season, there’s certainly been a renewed camaraderie within the squads and the atmosphere in the clubhouse at the weekend is now returning to its best. We’re working hard here at Eccles to overcome the set backs of COVID by promoting the game and invigorating its growth within our community. Since last summer, the club has taken big strides forwards with its Mini & Junior rugby, with increased numbers across all 10 teams. Whilst other clubs have curtailed their development of youth due to a decline in numbers, we’re a hive of activity and bursting at the seams on Sunday mornings! Our Community Rugby Coach is engaged with local schools and the club is now growing at a healthy pace with over 460 members. Of course, this surge in participation and the maintenance of our facilities would not be possible without the invaluable assistance we receive from our sponsors and the continued commitment of our volunteers. Donating your time to support the club's activities can be very rewarding so if you’d like to get involved and put something back in please do step forward. Whichever team you’re supporting this weekend, I hope you enjoy your match experience at Eccles and you keep returning throughout the season. Thank you for your support in our 125th Anniversary year. Let’s get stuck in! Chris Gaffey // Eccles RFC Chairman HEAD COACH NOTES
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ECCLES JUNIORS Spotlight on … Eccles U7s. Eccles Under 7s have been riding high since their formation 3 seasons ago. A flagship team in the biggest and best Minis section in town, they have quickly grown to be a formidable presence across the club. As the team has grown, the issue has been less around finding more players and more about finding enough coaches to support them! Head Coach Simon is ably assisted on a weekly basis by Skills Coach Chilli©, assistants Lillowski, Martin and Andy with expert support provided by Team Manager S. Fielding 4-5 teams on a weekly basis with a focus on building not only the rugby skills but also developing the children’s teamwork and communication to support them to be successful in everything they do. We use sport as a building block to well-rounded characters at Eccles. The team has a mix of new faces and some names synonymous with the most successful eras of the men’s section of all time. It also has 4-5 girls regularly playing and this is an area we are looking to further develop to enable us to develop a strong pipeline of talent who have played together for years when they make the transition to girls-only rugby at U12s. Whilst we have a strong emphasis on enjoyment and discipline, we are facilitating elements of competitiveness which reward not only scoring and tackling but also, what it takes to be a good teammate. This team is full of potential and I have no doubt that many of the team will develop to the highest level, but the luckiest will hopefully get to follow in my footsteps and get to play for 30 plus years for this great club. Coach Simon ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS ECCLES COLTS
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ECCLES LADIES Salford University Lionesses join the #PrideOfSalford At the beginning of the 2021/22 season Eccles Ladies established a partnership with Salford University Ladies to #GrowTheGame in our local community. After no rugby the previous academic year we, as a section, were committed to engaging a new cohort of student athletes within the game. This commitment has begun to bear fruit with the university side unbeaten in the league and no fewer that 7 girls making their senior debut at Eccles RFC bolstering a growing group. We are positive this relationship will continue to grow over the coming years and it's fantastic to welcome the ladies into the family. Pebbles Whailing Mills attended her first session at the start of the 2021/22 season following in her fathers footsteps. A shy unassuming girl attended with a keenness to learn and an unbelievable inner drive. As her confidence grew so did her ability, regularly taking part in games within the Greater Manchester Girls Network, it was clear she was transforming into a very competent player and a fantastic member of our team. Pebbles trialled at Lancashire U18s this week and successfully passed the first round of selection leading to a second trial later this month. This is an unbelievable achievement having never touched a rugby ball just months earlier. As she prepares to follow in the footsteps of #homegrown players like Freya Waterhouse, Molly Young, Molly Landers, Leah Christian, Jessica Whitling, Holly Bawden, Molly Wild, Rebecca Roden and Georgia Cunliffe by starting her senior career we know amazing things are to come. The future is bright for young players at Eccles RFC. James Wright // Eccles RFC Ladies Head Coach WALKING RUGBY Numbers attending Walking rugby at Eccles are slightly down in the past few weeks due to self-isolating and some very poor weather. We do however have four new members to the group - a mum of a Junior player, two former senior players and a new recruit who heard about us from a friend. Eccles RFC were one of the first clubs in the region to embrace Walking Rugby and our group remain the largest to date. We are now approaching our 2nd year and until the Covid lockdown in March our activities had been continual. We recommenced Walking Rugby activities on the 7th of September and had 19 participants at the first session. This response is a good reflection of our group of guys and gals who have a strong bond, turn up regularly, and play enthusiastically every Monday evening at 7.00pm, on the 3G pitch, regardless of the weather conditions. Our challenge in the months ahead will be to re-instate the momentum we had gained and get our Walking back up to speed! The game itself encompasses a touch tackle rule so we’re within the RFU guidelines, and we’re also coming to terms with the necessary technology to make registration and playing possible ( we also keep a paper record of participants for those who are not smart phone savvy) We keep in touch through our own What's-app group and new players from within the club are always welcome so why not give it a try! To join the Walkers call me on 07747 570345 Alan Bent // Eccles RFC Walking Rugby
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DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD In 2011 Eccles RFC became the first rugby club in the UK to offer the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) award scheme for its young people aged 14 to 24. A decade on, our DofE award scheme has grown from strength to strength, and can take great pride in the attainment of over 200 prestigious awards (48 Gold, 62 Silver, 127 Bronze) achieved by its players. This remarkable success is a testament to the committed effort and dedicated persistence of our participants and the club volunteers who lead the programme. The DofE award gives young people the chance to learn new skills for life. Consisting of four areas of personal endeavour - Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition (plus a Residential experience at Gold level), the DofE inspires and encourages commitment, personal development and an adventurous spirit in young people to help resilience them gain to the confidence and successfully overcome whatever life throws their way. The award programme compliments Rugby activities here at the club and instills in our future adults the importance of team work and tenacity in reaching goals. To celebrate our 10-year association with the DofE Award scheme, this season the club decided to proudly emblazon all new Eccles RFC Mini and Junior Rugby shirts with the DofE award crest. This initiative was supported by Seward Refrigeration and the Morson Group who provided the financial security to ensure that every Mini and Junior player, aged 5 to 16, could be provided with a new full kit. Anyone who has visited the club this season on a Sunday morning will agree it's been heart-warming to see hundreds of kids running out in those sparkling new Navy and White hoops! Although our sponsors did not make their commitment for reasons ofpublicity we think it only right and proper that we take this opportunity to recognise and express our appreciation of their patronage, without which we could not do what we do. Eccles Rugby Football Club and our DofE award scheme is steadfast in its principles of inclusivity. There are many families within this district suffering hardship and it remains important to us that no member is denied the opportunity to participate as a result of financial contraints. Providing the DofE Award is not without costs. The club holds a central stock of equipment (tents, maps, compasses, cooking stoves, gas etc) but in addition to the annual £1500 licence fee we also need to replace the majority of our tents this coming year due to rodent damage caused whilst in storage during the Covid lockdown. So, we are delighted to confirm that the M&J Christmas events helped to raise £400 for our club's DofE section! Thank you all for your generosity and support it makes a difference. CG. Professional, Reliable CAD Service We provide great value Planning Drawings, Extension Designs and Building Plans for Planning Permission and Building Regs Applications. Wishing all the teams at Eccles RFC a successful season ahead! For all enquiries, please contact us at enquiries@plans2buildmcr.co.uk or call us on Adam 07899 988 562 Lewis 07535 807 532
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Today our 1XV entertain Didsbury Toc H RUFC. The 'Toc H’ organisation was founded in 1915 during the First World War by Captain (Reverend) Philip Clayton of the Sixth Division of the British Army in Poperinge, just a few miles from the British trenches in Belgium, when he rented what was to become Talbot House as a peaceful refuge for soldiers on the way to Ypres. The club was open to all men, regardless of rank and dubbed ‘Toc H’, being the abbreviation for the letters ‘TH' used by British Army signallers. After the war in 1920 Clayton founded a youth centre in London and Toc H developed into international Christian charity. In 1924 members of Manchester Toc H formed a rugby club situated at Victoria Park, Manchester. After moving to various sites, the club arrived in Didsbury in 1986 and the club’s name became Didsbury Toc H. The first recorded fixture between Eccles ‘A' and Toc H was on 23rd January 1924 soon after the Manchester club was founded. At this time Eccles RFC played at Redclyffe Road, near the Barton Swing Bridge on the banks of the Ship Canal. Games between Toc H and Eccles ‘A’ , Extra ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams formed a regular pattern in those years. However, it was not until the 1953/54 Season that Eccles 1XV played Toc H. On 16th Sept 1953 an extract from the Eccles Journal match report - "After having most of the play, Eccles lost to Toc H 8-6. Once again it was a case of missed chances and poor tackling that lost this game.” Later in the same season, 27th Feb. 1954, Eccles 1st XV played at the Toc H ground (the club’s three other teams also faced each other) with the match report stating "Eccles defeated Toc H at Stenner Lane on Sat. 15-0 and so avenged their home defeat earlier in the season. Conditions were far from ideal, but nevertheless, both sides contributed to make it an enjoyable game. There was a marked improvement in the Eccles play both in attack and defence. Stanley on the Eccles wing ran strongly to score three tries. Eccles took an early lead when Stanley scored from a quick passing movement. Later he ran 50 yards to score in the corner from a pass given by Eccles player Scholes. Stanley scored his third try after Broomhead had. The photo taken at a Sevens competition at Caldy in 1952, shows Harry Broomhead, Capt. (kneeling left) and Eric Stanley (kneeling centre) scorer of those 3 tries. Fixtures with Toc H have continued on a regular basis since then with the results broken away from a loose scrum.” GORTON STREET GAZETTE Extracts from the Eccles RFC committee minute books: 1952 - 70 years ago Before the meeting commenced, the members stood in memory of King George VI who had died on 6th Feb., The dance which should have taken place on 15th Feb at the Broadway Cinema's Cafe ( now Morrisons car park in Eccles) had been postponed to March 7th. - Beer prices, following an increase in Messers W. Youngers' prices for beer, the committee decided to increase the price of beer sold in the club as follows - beer, 1 pint - !/5d shandy, 1 pint - 1/1d as from 18th Feb. - It was agreed that a letter be sent to the County Representative requesting an extension of the playing season due to the number of cancelled matches (frozen pitches). The Eccles Journal reported on 29th Feb., "After playing only one game in the last 5 weeks, Eccles resumed their fixtures with a visit to Hightown (Liverpool) on Sat." Eccles 1stXV lost 12 - 11. -Mr. Waller (player), reported that the bath on Sat. was cold. The groundsman to be requested to turn the water on just before half time. 1962 - 60 years ago Eccles Journal reports another inclement weather story “ Eccles v Prestwich - Both sides fought a losing battle with the weather, the match was abandoned after 25 mins. play. The mist, which had been gathering all morning, eventually descended like a blanket, reducing visibility to about 25 yards. Conditions rapidly became farcical, high kicks being a source of danger to both attacker and defender, since the ball was immediately lost to view. The game ended with no score.” 1972 - 50 years ago invitations to sevens competitions, Colts - Broughton Park accepted, Buxton not this time. Men - Bowdon accepted, Oldham not this time. During Feb. the committee also discussed - Griffon competition, building repairs, club plaques, Lancs. County Cup competition, payment of bills, fencing, refreshments, Easter Tour, selection, training, facilities at other clubs, booking coaches (motorised) and replenishing the First Aid box. Committee man Ray Cook was assigned to do this. Ray, still a faithful supporter of our club, says it was probably because he'd used it more than anybody else ! Sheila Thomas // Eccles RFC Historian (with Chris Gaffey Chipping in)
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Tables 2021-22 Season ECCLES MEN 1XV ADM PREMIER DIVISION LANCASHIRE LEAGUES Didsbury Toc H Widnes West Park (St. Helens) Liverpool (St. Helens) Aldwinians Liverpool Collegiate Eccles Oldham Fleetwood Ormskirk Wigan Burnley (Withdrawn) ECCLES MEN 2XV NOWIRUL DIV. 2 SOUTH HALBRO NW LEAGUES Broughton Park 2XV Warrington 2XV Anselmians 2XV Didsbury TOC H 2XV Macclesfield 2XV Knutsford Altrincham Kersal 2XV Manchester 2XV Eccles 2XV Crewe & Nantwich 2XV Liverpool University Veterans Bowdon 2XV GAMES 17 15 16 18 18 18 17 17 17 16 18 19 GAMES 16 17 16 15 16 17 17 18 16 16 16 16 RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS BP LBP ADJ 17 0 0 489 106 383 82 14 0 13 0 2 421 148 273 64 12 0 12 0 4 429 268 161 57 9 0 11 1 6 362 311 51 53 7 0 10 1 7 322 316 6 50 8 0 9 0 9 257 297 -40 44 8 0 6 2 9 260 354 -94 36 8 0 7 0 10 191 318 -127 34 6 0 5 2 10 233 314 -81 30 6 0 5 0 11 225 492 -267 25 5 0 5 0 13 173 438 -265 23 3 0 0 0 19 0 0 RESULTS P W D L POINTS F 0 0 TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 16 0 0 584 139 445 80 0 0 14 0 3 439 222 217 74 0 0 12 1 3 281 185 96 67 0 0 9 2 4 416 200 216 57 0 0 9 1 6 451 260 191 48 0 0 7 0 10 338 455 -117 46 0 0 7 0 10 340 403 -63 45 0 0 5 1 12 359 616 -257 42 5 2 11 300 328 -28 39 0 0 5 0 9 218 478 -260 36 0 0 2 1 11 214 349 -135 26 0 0 3 0 13 236 541 -305 24 0 0 0 0 ECCLES MENS TABLES MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Date Mens 1XV 28-Aug-21 Burnley - CUP 04-Sep-21 Ormskirk 11-Sep-21 West Park St. H. 18-Sep-21 Widnes 25-Sep-21 02-Oct-21 Wigan 09-Oct-21 Aldwinians 16-Oct-21 Burnley 23-Oct-21 Didsbury Toc H 30-Oct-21 06-Nov-21 Liverpool Coll. 13-Nov-21 20-Nov-21 Liverpool St, H. 27-Nov-21 04-Dec-21 Oldham 11-Dec-21 Fleetwood 18-Dec-21 West Park St. H. 24-Dec-21 28-Dec-21 31-Dec-21 08-Jan-22 Widnes 15-Jan-22 Wigan 22-Jan-22 Aldwinians 29-Jan-22 Burnley 12-Feb-22 Didsbury Toc H 19-Feb-22 Liverpool Coll. 26-Feb-22 West Park St. H. 05-Mar-22 Fleetwood 12-Mar-22 Didsbury Toc H 19-Mar-22 Liverpool St. H 26-Mar-22 02-Apr-22 Oldham 09-Apr-22 Ormskirk 18-Apr-22 23-Apr-22 Widnes A H H HA Results H 77 - 15W Mens 2XV A 22 - 24W Bowdon 2XV H 22 - 40L Manchester 2XV A 36 - 7L Warrington 2XV A 29 - 20L Warrington 2XV H HWM A 38 - 22L Crewe & Nantwich 2XV A Anselmians A 22 - 17L A 18 - 5L Didsbury Toc H 2XV Liverpool Uni. Vets. Knutsford H 13 - 10W Macclesfield 4XV H 11 - 11D Broughton Park 2XV A PP - PP Manchester 2XV H 15 - 23L A H 58 - 24W A A A PP 7 - 34L PP - PP HWM A 26 - 26D HA Results A 33 - 7L H 67 - 0W H 26 - 5W H 29 - 15W Altrincham Kersal 2XV A 34 - 19L H 24 - 37L H PP - PP A 27 - 24L Warrington 2XV A HWM Liverpool Uni. Vets. A 39 - 0L H 19 - 22L Altrincham Kersal 2XV H 24 - 27L A 7 - 12W H PP - PP Crewe & Nantwich 2XV A 14 - 29W AWO HWM Anselmians Liverpool Uni. Vets. Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Broughton Park 2XV Bowdon 2XV H A H A H A H 57 - 5L H A 32 - 15L A 32 - 32D Didsbury Toc H 2XV H H
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1XV MATCH REPORT TEAM SHEETS Fleetwood 32 - 32 Eccles Eccles headed to a bright and breezy Fleetwood on Saturday looking to improve on the 11-11 draw at Gorton Street last December where the teams had slugged it out in appauling weather, with a resilient Fleetwood snatching a share of points with a late penalty. Fleetwood enjoyed the early possession, but Eccles were comfortable in their defensive work and soaked up the initial artillery from the home forwards. When the opportunity came to take possession and break up field, Eccles were quick to do so. A penalty was swiftly taken by Chris Fortune who seized the chance to catch Fleetwood napping, his pass to the equally alert James Wright, playing at scrum half, set in motion a rapid attack, finding Will Parkinson on the left wing who slid in at the corner for the opening score on 9 minutes. 0-5. Fleetwood responded from the restart and their Hooker crashed over the line on the left to equal the score on 13 mins. The strong wind was proving a problem for the kicking of both teams and the conversion was missed. 5-5. Eccles did not take long to respond themselves. On 17 mins a break out of defence from Rory McGrath, with quick work from Wright and Aspinall in the centre, set Gavin Ackers Johnson free on the right wing, who shrugged off tackles and swept around the fullback to run it in behind the posts; converted. 5-12. Playing at pace, Eccles continued to apply sustained attacking pressure on Fleetwood. On 34 mins, a series of line outs on the right inside the 22, with Zak Brooker providing dependable hands in the air, resulted in an Eccles penalty in front of the sticks, calmly dispatched by Wright. 5-15. Once again Fleetwood looked to reduce the deficit taking the game into Eccles territory. Following a Fleetwood scrum Javi Manzanares ripped possession from the attack and Chris Fortune was on hand to kick to touch to bring the first half to a close. Though Eccles had earned a decent lead through speed and better precision in attack, it was a competitive contest, and with the wind and a bigger pack behind them in the second period, a strong fight back from the home team was expected. HT 5-15. Eccles made a good restart, wining a penalty and a quick reaction once again from Wright and Fortune, released Gav on the right wing who swerved in and out to evade his challengers before offloading inside to the supporting Fly Half Harry Candland who steamed in under the sticks for a third Eccles Try; converted. 5-22. The 17-point cushion appeared to make Eccles complacent. A penalty inside the 22 gave Fleetwood a platform for thier tighthead prop to crash over to side of the posts. 12-22. A few minutes later Eccles were caught playing in the wrong areas and gifted an easy penalty in centre field. 15-22. A response was required and at 55 mins an Eccles break on the right resulted in defensive chaos inside the Fleetwood 22. From the penalty, Eccles kicked to the corner for the line out and the forwards executed an unstoppable driving maul in the corner for Hooker Tom Coe to claim the try. 15-27. Undeterred, Fleetwood forwards piled on the pressure and a long pass out wide left found the fullback who dived in at 20-27. With Fleetwood pressing for the corner. late points, a terrific jackal and turnover from Dan Aspinall regained possession and provided the opportunity for Eccles to regroup. Quick work from backs' created an opening on the left for Tim Bologun who weaved through the feild before opening up the gas to speed away into the open Fleetwood half to score a glorious try. The conversation kick into a strong head wind didn't make the target, but surely a 12-point cushion with 10 minutes to play would be enough, wouldn’t it? 20-32. The Fleetwood forwards pounded away and at 75 mins their scrum half sniped around the ruck to breach the Eccles line and score; the conversion hit the post. 25-32. From the restart Eccles lost possession in midfield, the penalty put Fleetwood within striking distance. The hosts kicked to the corner and from the line out the inevitable driving maul trucked over the line with the number 6 scoring at the death. 30-32. The conversion missed its target, but the referee insisted it was retaken because the charge down was not silent. The next kick was successful and remarkably the match ended in draw. Last play. Ten Tries. Two very different styles of play. Honours even once again. FT 32-32. Tables 2021-22 Season ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH 2 Bishop Auckland Sale 1861 Sheffield Birkenhead Park Manchester Didsbury Toc H Crewe & Nantwich Darlington Eccles GAMES 13 12 12 11 13 12 13 9 9 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS SENIOR COLTS U18s GAMES PRELIM. D HALBRO NWL Kirkby Lonsdale Rossendale Eccles Sale Southport Altrincham Kersal SENIOR COLTS U18s CONF. F HALBRO NWL Crewe & Nantwich Whitchurch Sale Rossendale Eccles TBA RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 12 0 1 513 171 342 60 12 0 11 0 1 431 120 311 53 9 0 10 0 2 478 86 392 50 10 0 5 0 6 281 178 103 26 6 0 5 0 8 335 399 -64 24 4 0 4 1 7 227 416 -189 24 6 0 3 0 10 167 339 -172 16 4 0 1 1 7 45 339 294 7 0 0 9 39 468 -429 1 1 0 1 0 RESULTS P W D L 5 5 5 5 5 5 GAMES RESULTS P W D L 8 8 8 8 8 0 ECCLES JUNIOR COLTS JUNIOR COLTS U17s PRELIM F HALBRO Aldwinians Glossop & Marple Eccles Clitheroe Broughton Park & TMV TBA 4 4 4 4 4 0 POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 5 0 0 151 51 100 25 0 0 3 0 2 98 84 14 18 1 0 2 1 2 76 94 -18 15 0 0 2 0 3 109 123 -14 14 1 0 2 0 3 77 66 11 13 1 0 0 1 4 38 131 -93 7 0 0 POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 6 1 1 250 88 162 24 0 0 5 1 2 210 114 96 20 1 0 4 0 4 144 170 -26 20 2 0 4 0 4 114 160 -46 19 1 0 0 0 8 89 275 -186 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 GAMES RESULTS W D L F POINTS TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 4 0 0 151 79 72 35 1 0 3 0 1 117 74 43 30 0 0 2 0 2 111 161 -50 26 2 0 1 0 3 65 97 -32 25 1 0 0 0 4 114 147 -33 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES
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CLUB INFORMATION President - Mark Dutton Chairman - Chris Gaffey Honorary Secretary - Dave Nicholls Honorary Treasurer - Mike Bateman Fixtures Secretary - Don Edmondson Director of Rugby - Sam Simpson Safeguarding Officer - Heather Thorpe D of E Chairman - Mark Baines Mini & Junior Chairman - Dan Nicholls Junior Fixtures Secretary - Leeann Aspinall Ladies Captain - Rowanne Smalley Mens’ Captain - James Wright To play rugby Contact: Mens’ Head Coach Sam Simpson 07935 403171 Ladies Head Coach James Wright 07791 227616 Mini & Junior Chair Dan Nicholls 07789 202189 PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend, 2022 is officially our 125th Anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 75 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. It has been a strange year with everything that has been going on but the club has still been extremely busy. The money we raised through Crowdfunder, £40K+, has put us in an exciting position to commence several ground improvement projects. The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I am limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We can offer something for everyone including ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday nights at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshment, especially with our new friends from the First Chop Brewery. Mark Dutton // Eccles RFC President
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME A warm welcome to all our supporters and visitors at Eccles RFC today. The recent wet conditions have seen lots of waterlogged pitches and cancelled fixtures across the region. Eccles have been fortunate in avoiding major disruptions due to weather (just the one game postponed so far) and I’d like to acknowledge the weekly efforts of our dedicated grounds team that keep our pitches in great playing condition despite the weather. If you are reading this, you can assume the match is going ahead and if you see a 'fossil’ in the bar please buy him a pint! Our 1XV opponents today, Liverpool Collegiate, arrive in mixed form with 1 win from their last 4 games in the ADM Premier and Eccles will be looking to close the gap on the team positioned two places above them, with a reversal of the result in November which saw Liverpool claim a close 22-17 home victory. Our first team have continued to suffer from an inconsistent line up and results through the winter and, as with the fixture last autumn, I expect today’s team sheet will once again feature a number of our homegrown former colts who are showing great promise as we build to the future. Our 2XV men are also at home today entertaining Anselmians and I wish both teams the very best of luck in their exploits. Although our Senior teams have struggled to find consistency on the field this season, there’s certainly been a renewed camaraderie within the squads and the atmosphere in the clubhouse at the weekend is now returning to its best. We’re working hard here at Eccles to overcome the set backs of COVID by promoting the game and invigorating its growth within our community. Since last summer, the club has taken big strides forwards with its Mini & Junior rugby, with increased numbers across all 10 teams. Whist other clubs have curtailed their development of youth due to a decline in numbers, we’re a hive of activity and bursting at the seams on Sunday mornings! Our Community Rugby Coach is engaged with local schools and the club is now growing at a healthy pace with over 460 members. This surge in participation and the maintenance of our facilities would not be possible without the invaluable assistance we receive from our sponsors and the continued commitment of our volunteers. Donating your time to support the club's activities can be very rewarding so if you’d like to get involved and put something back in please do step forward. Whichever team you’re supporting this weekend, I hope you enjoy your match experience at Eccles and you keep returning throughout the season. Thank you for your support in our 125th Anniversary year. Let’s get stuck in! Chris Gaffey // Eccles RFC Chairman HEAD COACH NOTES
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ECCLES JUNIORS Spotlight on … Eccles U9s. A huge emphasis on building for the future has swept across Eccles RFC in the last year, this mentality and drive is no more evident than in our Under 9's squad who are the epitome of the ethos deeply instilled into this club. They are an athletic, focused squad that have bonded in the last three years. They also 'get it', what it means to be part of Eccles. The attitude, spirit, pride and history you feel wearing the shirt. These lads have bonded over the last few years and have stepped up to tackle brilliantly this year, working as an aggressive, united pack that always support one another. The squad is always having fun and enjoying themselves, but as they mature the lads have organically shifted their mentality to add a natural competitive edge, they're out there to win now. Over the course of this season our U9's have an average weekly squad number of 21! This brilliant commitment by both children, their friends and family alike has built an incredible depth that allows the teams playing to be setup like a much older, structured and advanced team, with the coaches able to give every child a chance explore the possibilities, skill-sets and playing techniques involved in rugby. The only issue with this size of squad is that we often struggle to find decent opposition numbers but when we do...boy is there a contest out there! We are proud of the fact that every opposition team is welcome to play, train or socialise with us. This was shown recently when an opposition squad without a coach were invited to Eccles to train along all of our three squads that were also involved in games that day, our coaches and team welcomed the travelling boys and girls and we hope they gained some experience and enjoyed the mud! A few new faces have been seamlessly integrated into the team this year and drop off has been minimal, if not none existent. We have direct runners, we have dancers, phenomenal tacklers, line breakers, side steppers, ball snatchers and trackers of the play. We celebrate and utilise this diversity. Nobody is too small, too big, too new, under appreciated or undervalued. Watching the lads out there picking each other up, subtly celebrating then running back into position, hunting opposition in a pack and creating fast off the shoulder rugby has helped them to create an envious record of wins that are coming week in, week out against some renowned and 'bigger' opposition. What's apparent now is they've gone from looking to us for advice and support to looking at themselves, helping their fellow player, a word in the ear, a little fist bump, parents always cheering for a child that's not theirs, laughs...We see it, we feel it. They simply don't know how to give up and as we continue to build technique and structure into their natural flair and skill, we're so excited to see where this lot go. Naithan Ariane // Eccles RFC U9s coach ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS ECCLES COLTS
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ECCLES LADIES Salford University Lionesses join the #PrideOfSalford At the beginning of the 2021/22 season Eccles Ladies established a partnership with Salford University Ladies to #GrowTheGame in our local community. After no rugby the previous academic year we, as a section, were committed to engaging a new cohort of student athletes within the game. This commitment has begun to bear fruit with the university side unbeaten in the league and no fewer that 7 girls making their senior debut at Eccles RFC bolstering a growing group. We are positive this relationship will continue to grow over the coming years and it's fantastic to welcome the ladies into the family. Pebbles Whailing Mills attended her first session at the start of the 2021/22 season following in her fathers footsteps. A shy unassuming girl attended with a keenness to learn and an unbelievable inner drive. As her confidence grew so did her ability, regularly taking part in games within the Greater Manchester Girls Network, it was clear she was transforming into a very competent player and a fantastic member of our team. Pebbles trialled at Lancashire U18s this week and successfully passed the first round of selection leading to a second trial later this month. This is an unbelievable achievement having never touched a rugby ball just months earlier. As she prepares to follow in the footsteps of #homegrown players like Freya Waterhouse, Molly Young, Molly Landers, Leah Christian, Jessica Whitling, Holly Bawden, Molly Wild, Rebecca Roden and Georgia Cunliffe by starting her senior career we know amazing things are to come. The future is bright for young players at Eccles RFC. James Wright // Eccles RFC Ladies Head Coach WALKING RUGBY Numbers attending Walking rugby at Eccles are slightly down in the past few weeks due to self-isolating and some very poor weather. We do however have four new members to the group - a mum of a Junior player, two former senior players and a new recruit who heard about us from a friend. Eccles RFC were one of the first clubs in the region to embrace Walking Rugby and our group remain the largest to date. We are now approaching our 2nd year and until the Covid lockdown in March our activities had been continual. We recommenced Walking Rugby activities on the 7th of September and had 19 participants at the first session. This response is a good reflection of our group of guys and gals who have a strong bond, turn up regularly, and play enthusiastically every Monday evening at 7.00pm, on the 3G pitch, regardless of the weather conditions. Our challenge in the months ahead will be to re-instate the momentum we had gained and get our Walking back up to speed! The game itself encompasses a touch tackle rule so we’re within the RFU guidelines, and we’re also coming to terms with the necessary technology to make registration and playing possible ( we also keep a paper record of participants for those who are not smart phone savvy) We keep in touch through our own What's-app group and new players from within the club are always welcome so why not give it a try! To join the Walkers call me on 07747 570345 Alan Bent // Eccles RFC Walking Rugby
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DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD In 2011 Eccles RFC became the first rugby club in the UK to offer the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) award scheme for its young people aged 14 to 24. A decade on, our DofE award scheme has grown from strength to strength, and can take great pride in the attainment of over 200 prestigious awards (48 Gold, 62 Silver, 127 Bronze) achieved by its players. This remarkable success is a testament to the committed effort and dedicated persistence of our participants and the club volunteers who lead the programme. The DofE award gives young people the chance to learn new skills for life. Consisting of four areas of personal endeavour - Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition (plus a Residential experience at Gold level), the DofE inspires and encourages commitment, personal development and an adventurous spirit in young people to help resilience them gain to the confidence and successfully overcome whatever life throws their way. The award programme compliments Rugby activities here at the club and instills in our future adults the importance of team work and tenacity in reaching goals. To celebrate our 10-year association with the DofE Award scheme, this season the club decided to proudly emblazon all new Eccles RFC Mini and Junior Rugby shirts with the DofE award crest. This initiative was supported by Seward Refrigeration and the Morson Group who provided the financial security to ensure that every Mini and Junior player, aged 5 to 16, could be provided with a new full kit. Anyone who has visited the club this season on a Sunday morning will agree it's been heart-warming to see hundreds of kids running out in those sparkling new Navy and White hoops! Although our sponsors did not make their commitment for reasons ofpublicity we think it only right and proper that we take this opportunity to recognise and express our appreciation of their patronage, without which we could not do what we do. Eccles Rugby Football Club and our DofE award scheme is steadfast in its principles of inclusivity. There are many families within this district suffering hardship and it remains important to us that no member is denied the opportunity to participate as a result of financial contraints. Providing the DofE Award is not without costs. The club holds a central stock of equipment (tents, maps, compasses, cooking stoves, gas etc) but in addition to the annual £1500 licence fee we also need to replace the majority of our tents this coming year due to rodent damage caused whilst in storage during the Covid lockdown. So, we are delighted to confirm that the M&J Christmas events helped to raise £400 for our club's DofE section! Thank you all for your generosity and support it makes a difference. CG. Professional, Reliable CAD Service We provide great value Planning Drawings, Extension Designs and Building Plans for Planning Permission and Building Regs Applications. Wishing all the teams at Eccles RFC a successful season ahead! For all enquiries, please contact us at enquiries@plans2buildmcr.co.uk or call us on Adam 07899 988 562 Lewis 07535 807 532
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE George Merton, John Lord, Mike Wantling, Rod Steel, Don Preston, Dave Hickman, Pete Gilmore, Bill Allen Today our 1XV entertain Liverpool Collegiate RUFC. The Liverpool Collegiate School was founded in the Everton area of the city in 1843 as three distinct schools, providing education for children from different social classes with the building divided so that pupils could not mix. At this time, the school hall was the only large public meeting hall in Liverpool and as such was used for meetings and concerts by the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The boys grammar school, established in 1907, took up rugby in 1919 and in June 1925, a group of former pupils met at the Knotty Ash Hotel to form an Old Boys Rugby Club. In 1958 their name became independent of the "Old Boys” title and in 1998 the club moved to the Liverpool Cricket Club where Pete Best (ex Beatle and former rugby club member) made a donation towards the floodlighting for the training sessions. The first recorded fixture between Eccles and Liverpool Collegiate does not appear to be until the 1974/75 Season when 4 teams from the clubs played on 14th Dec. 1974, with Eccles 1XV wining 6-22, but the Eccles “A”, “Extra A” and "B” teams all losing. Fixtures for 4 teams continued from this point up to the 1985/86 Season. 1977 - 45 years ago A few snippets from the Eccles RFC committee minutes: 7th Feb. - A plea was made for team captains to help in returning the cups, (yes, tea cups as it was poured from an enamel jug for the players after the games), from all changing rooms after the games during the absence of the groundsman on a Saturday. GORTON STREET GAZETTE - Shortage of pint pots reported. Suggested that this was due to people borrowing glasses for parties and not returning them! In future a deposit of 20p per glass should be levied on all pots borrowed. two dozen pint pots were now needed - Results 5 teams played - Colts XV 19 v Preston Grasshoppers 3. Birchfield v Eccles 1st - cancelled, waterlogged pitch. Eccles 2nd 16 v Birchfield 3. The other fixtures were against Fylde, Sedgley Park and Broughton. for the bar. 14th Feb - Discussion on dropping Birchfield as a fixture because they only field two 11th Feb. - Annual Dinner provisionally booked for the evening of 20th Nov. at the the following meeting. - Social Sec. announced a darts match, a folk night and a quiz night would take place. All events reported to be successful at - Tickets were available for the Referee's Dinner at Old Trafford Cricket Club. - 11th March Correspondence - A letter has been received from the Lancashire Plate committee informing us that we have been selected to stage the semifinal of the Lancs. Plate between Kersal and UMIST. Sheila Thomas // Eccles RFC Historian (with Chris Gaffey Chipping in) teams - agreed to! 1987 35 years ago Wendover Hotel, Monton Rudi Sheldon RIP The club is sad to learn that Mr Rudi Sheldon, a former local school teacher, player, club committee member and champion of colts rugby at Eccles RFC died last November at his home in Maidenhead, aged 97. Mr Sheldon was instrumental in commencing a programme of attracting school leavers to join the club from Wardley Grammar School and Moorside High School where he taught. Rudi and Ivor Ridgeway organised annual popular Sevens competitions for Salford schools and subsequently the first Eccles Colts team was formed in the 1962/63 Season. Eccles successfully went on to enter teams in the Oxford University RFC Sevens Competitions. At the committee meeting on 21st Nov 1966, special thanks was given to Mr. R. Sheldon, for his excellent work as Fixture Secretary organising rugby for 5 senior teams and the Colts team. The following year he left the district to live in the Maidenhead area where he and his wife continued to be involved in community life, Rudi would often be found at Maidenhead Rugby Club and was a founding member of the Windsor and Maidenhead Symphony Orchestra.
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Tables 2021-22 Season ECCLES MEN 1XV ADM PREMIER DIVISION LANCASHIRE LEAGUES Didsbury Toc H Widnes Liverpool St. Helens Liverpool Collegiate West Park (St. Helens) Aldwinians Fleetwood Eccles Oldham Ormskirk Wigan Burnley (Withdrawn) GAMES 13 14 14 15 13 16 15 14 15 15 15 17 RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS BP LBP ADJ 13 0 0 381 95 286 63 11 0 12 0 2 390 141 249 59 11 0 10 0 4 335 220 115 47 7 0 9 0 6 250 247 3 44 8 0 9 0 4 330 245 85 43 7 0 9 0 7 273 269 4 43 7 0 5 1 9 201 270 -69 27 5 0 5 1 8 213 290 -77 27 5 0 5 0 10 186 318 -132 25 5 0 5 0 10 199 464 -265 23 3 0 5 0 10 160 359 -195 21 1 0 0 0 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 ECCLES MEN 2XV NOWIRUL DIV. 2 SOUTH HALBRO NW LEAGUES Broughton Park 2XV Warrington 2XV Anselmians 2XV Didsbury TOC H 2XV Macclesfield 2XV Knutsford Eccles 2XV Altrincham Kersal 2XV Manchester 2XV Crewe & Nantwich 2XV Liverpool University Veterans Bowdon GAMES 13 15 14 14 15 15 14 14 16 14 13 13 RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 13 0 0 513 127 386 65 0 0 12 0 3 393 197 196 64 0 0 10 1 3 241 182 59 57 0 0 8 2 4 359 195 164 52 0 0 9 1 5 426 214 212 47 0 0 6 0 9 312 442 -130 41 0 0 5 2 7 295 271 24 38 0 0 6 0 8 322 351 -29 38 0 0 4 1 11 282 564 -282 36 0 0 4 0 10 187 418 -291 30 0 0 1 1 11 169 349 -180 21 0 0 3 0 10 209 398 -189 21 0 0 ECCLES MENS TABLES MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Date Mens 1XV 28-Aug-21 Burnley - CUP 04-Sep-21 Ormskirk 11-Sep-21 West Park St. H. 18-Sep-21 Widnes 25-Sep-21 02-Oct-21 Wigan 09-Oct-21 Aldwinians 16-Oct-21 Burnley 23-Oct-21 Didsbury Toc H 30-Oct-21 06-Nov-21 Liverpool Coll. 13-Nov-21 20-Nov-21 Liverpool St, H. 27-Nov-21 04-Dec-21 Oldham 11-Dec-21 Fleetwood 18-Dec-21 West Park St. H. 24-Dec-21 28-Dec-21 31-Dec-21 08-Jan-22 Widnes 15-Jan-22 Wigan 22-Jan-22 Aldwinians 29-Jan-22 Burnley 12-Feb-22 Didsbury Toc H 19-Feb-22 Liverpool Coll. 05-Mar-22 Fleetwood 12-Mar-22 Didsbury Toc H 19-Mar-22 Liverpool St. H 26-Mar-22 02-Apr-22 Oldham 09-Apr-22 Ormskirk 18-Apr-22 23-Apr-22 Widnes A H H HA Results H 77 - 15W Mens 2XV A 22 - 24W Bowdon 2XV H 22 - 40L Manchester 2XV A 36 - 7L Warrington 2XV A 29 - 20L Warrington 2XV H HWM A 38 - 22L Crewe & Nantwich 2XV A Anselmians A 22 - 17L A 18 - 5L Didsbury Toc H 2XV Liverpool Uni. Vets. Knutsford H 13 - 10W Macclesfield 4XV H 11 - 11D Broughton Park 2XV A PP - PP Manchester 2XV H 15 - 23L A H 58 - 24W A A A PP 7 - 34L PP - PP HWM A 26 - 26D HA Results A 33 - 7L H 67 - 0W H 26 - 5W H 29 - 15W Altrincham Kersal 2XV A 34 - 19L H 24 - 37L H PP - PP A 27 - 24L Warrington 2XV A HWM Liverpool Uni. Vets. Anselmians A 39 - 0L H 19 - 22L Altrincham Kersal 2XV H 24 - 27L A 7 - 12W H PP - PP Crewe & Nantwich 2XV A 14 - 29W H A H H Didsbury Toc H 2XV Liverpool Uni. Vets. Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Broughton Park 2XV Bowdon 2XV H A H A H A H
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1XV MATCH REPORT TEAM SHEETS Saturday 22 January 2022 Eccles 19-22 Aldwinians Having suffered two successive postponed fixtures due to weather and pitch conditions, and a frustrating 27-24 away defeat at Wigan, the Eccles 1XV were chomping at the bit to get out on the Gorton Street turf and reverse the result against Aldwinians earlier in the season when the Audenshaw men claimed a 29-20 win, aided by a pair of scrum penalty tries. concluded, with the contest being much closer than the scoreline suggested. HT 0-12. Eccles did not get off to a good start with the visitors scoring a try in the opening two minutes! 0-5. Eccles responded well to the early set back with 10 mins of good possession in the opposition half, witch a promising attack resulting in a held up decision. Aldwinians responded and moved play back into the Eccles half. With 20 mins played, lots of penalties had been awarded but no cards issued. A terrific break on the right flank through hooker Tom Coe was halted by the match official who judged the pass to be ‘forward', a decision which was greeted with loud opposition from the balcony. This gave Aldwinians possession inside Eccles territory and shortly after, at 22 minutes, the visitors secured the ball form a line out in the corner and through a driving maul, eventually the sustained pressure payed off and the visitors scored a second try. 0-12. A feisty period of play followed, with a Yellow card awarded to Aldwinians for a deliberate knock on, but despite Eccles attempts to break out, they were unable to reduce the deficit and the first half concluded Soon after the restart, Aldwinians were awarded a penalty and the successful kick further extended their lead. 0-15. At 48 minutes Eccles finally broke through, with a try in the right corner form Matt Parky, following a lovely offload from Ryley, coming from quick fluid attacking rugby across the pitch from a breakdown on the far left. Converted. 7-15. On 63 minutes Danny Mac was given a yellow and left the field. From the resulting penalty inside the Eccles 22, Aldwinians had a scrum and from this a penalty try was awarded. Tim Cullen reacted quickly and raced upfield with the ball to take a quick restart but his actions were impeded by a defender and Eccles were awarded the Penalty. No card was issued but the attacking momentum was sustained and at 68 minutes Eccles gained a Penalty Try of their own following a Simon Donovan drive for the line and a Yellow card to the offending Aldwinians forward. 14-22. As a result of the two dismissed props the game continued with uncontested scrums for a short period. Eccles were now building pressure and at 76 minutes a great passing move across the back line was finished by Winger Damola, scoring a third Eccles try in the left corner. The Conversion hits the cross bar. 19-22. The last 4 minutes of the match provided an exciting finish to a very close contest, characterised by a high number of penalites, and sadly another narrow defeat for Eccles. FT 19-22. Tables 2021-22 Season ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH 2 Bishop Auckland Sale 1861 Sheffield Birkenhead Park Manchester Didsbury Toc H Crewe & Nantwich Darlington Eccles GAMES 11 10 10 10 11 10 12 6 8 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS SENIOR COLTS U18s GAMES PRELIM. D HALBRO NWL Kirkby Lonsdale Rossendale Eccles Sale Southport Altrincham Kersal SENIOR COLTS U18s CONF. F HALBRO NWL Whitchurch Crewe & Nantwich Sale Rossendale Eccles TBA RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 10 0 1 435 156 279 50 10 0 10 0 0 390 98 292 48 8 0 8 0 2 313 76 237 40 8 0 5 0 5 281 147 134 26 6 0 4 0 7 272 306 -34 19 3 0 3 0 7 206 411 -205 18 6 0 3 0 9 162 283 -121 16 4 0 1 0 5 40 260 -220 5 0 0 8 34 396 -362 1 1 0 1 0 RESULTS P W D L 5 5 5 5 5 5 GAMES RESULTS P W D L 6 5 6 6 5 0 ECCLES JUNIOR COLTS JUNIOR COLTS U17s PRELIM F HALBRO Aldwinians Glossop & Marple Eccles Clitheroe Broughton Park & TMV TBA 4 4 4 4 4 0 POINTS TOTALS RESULTS F A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ POINTS 5 0 0 151 51 100 25 0 0 3 0 2 98 84 14 18 1 0 2 1 2 76 94 -18 15 0 0 2 0 3 109 123 -14 14 1 0 2 0 3 77 66 11 13 1 0 0 1 4 38 131 -93 7 0 0 POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 4 1 1 140 92 48 24 0 0 3 1 1 127 58 69 20 1 0 3 0 3 96 117 -21 20 2 0 3 0 3 87 100 -13 19 1 0 0 0 5 53 136 -83 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 GAMES RESULTS W D L F POINTS TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 4 0 0 151 79 72 20 0 0 3 0 1 117 74 43 16 0 0 2 0 2 111 161 -50 12 0 0 1 0 3 65 97 -32 9 0 0 4 114 147 -33 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES
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CLUB INFORMATION President - Mark Dutton Chairman - Chris Gaffey Honorary Secretary - Dave Nicholls Honorary Treasurer - Mike Bateman Fixtures Secretary - Don Edmondson Director of Rugby - Sam Simpson Safeguarding Officer - Heather Thorpe D of E Chairman - Mark Baines Mini & Junior Chairman - Dan Nicholls Junior Fixtures Secretary - Leeann Aspinall Ladies Captain - Rowanne Smalley Mens’ Captain - James Wright To play rugby Contact: Mens’ Head Coach Sam Simpson 07935 403171 Ladies Head Coach James Wright 07791 227616 Mini & Junior Chair Dan Nicholls 07789 202189 PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend, 2022 is officially our 125th Anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 75 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. It has been a strange year with everything that has been going on but the club has still been extremely busy. The money we raised through Crowdfunder, £40K+, has put us in an exciting position to commence several ground improvement projects. The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I am limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We can offer something for everyone including ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday nights at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshment, especially with our new friends from the First Chop Brewery. Mark Dutton // Eccles RFC President
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME A very warm welcome and a Happy New Year to all our supporters and visitors at Eccles RFC today. I wish you all the best of health for 2022. Let’s hope the year ahead provides us with more certainty and positivity. Our Mens, Ladies and Junior fixtures have all recently been disrupted by COVID and weather conditions, so if you are reading this you can assume the match is going ahead! Our 1XV opponents today, Aldwinians have decent form on the road this season, but have not played away in the ADM Premier League since last November. In the fixture back in October Eccles suffered a 29-20 defeat over at Audenshaw Park and we’ll be looking to reverse that result today and move up into the top half of the table. Consistency of team line up and performance has continued to be a problem for Eccles this season but many of our homegrown young men are adapting well to first team rugby and we hope to see an improvement in the conversation of opportunities into points today. We also welcome Altrincham Kersal 2XV today, who share a similar playing record to our 2XV this season, with both teams tied on 26 points in Division 2 South, so their game promises to be a close and competitive contest (and with both Mens teams at home today I expect the post match clubhouse bar will be the same!) Despite our Senior and Colts teams struggling to find a winning formula on the field, there’s certainly been a renewed camaraderie within the squads and the atmosphere in the clubhouse at the weekend is now returning to its buzzing best (restrictions permitting!) We’re working hard here at Eccles to overcome the set backs of COVID by promoting the game and invigorating its growth within our community. Since last summer, the club has taken big strides forwards with its Mini & Junior rugby, with increased numbers across all 10 teams. Whist other clubs have curtailed their development of youth due to a decline in numbers, we’re a hive of activity and bursting at the seams on Sunday mornings! Our Community Rugby Coach is engaged with local schools and the club is now growing at a healthy pace with over 460 members. Of course, this surge in participation and the maintenance of our facilities would not be possible without the invaluable assistance we receive from our sponsors and the continued dedicated commitment of our volunteers. Donating your time to support the club's activities can be very rewarding so if you’d like to get involved and put something back in please do step forward. Whichever team you’re supporting this weekend, I hope you enjoy your match experience at Eccles and you keep returning throughout the season. Thank you for your support in what will be our 125th Anniversary year. Let’s get stuck in! Chris Gaffey // Eccles RFC Chairman HEAD COACH NOTES A very warm welcome and a Happy New Year to everyone attending Gorton Street this beautiful late January afternoon. I hope everyone made the most of the Christmas period and all the festivities that comes with it. Today we welcome old friends Aldwinians RUFC. These clubs have had many a good battle over the years with the spoils going the way of our visitors in the meeting earlier in the season over at Aldwinians. The Eccles squad is really looking to continue to develop its style of play and to understand how getting our accuracy nearer to 90% is the key to us being successful at what we do. Eccles are still definitely in a rebuilding stage as a new group but although we were on the wrong side of the results in a lot of the games prior to the Christmas break we were extremely happy about how we wanted to play the game in most of those contests. I’m hoping today we can produce something really positive on the field, giving all who are watching something to enjoy. Sam Simpson // Eccles RFC Director of Rugby
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ECCLES JUNIORS Spotlight on… ECCLES UNDER 14s! This week’s spotlight match report is on our ferocious Under 14s. This impressive squad of year 9 boys are a cracking bunch of lads, fast developing into a well-rounded rugby outfit! Recently moving to the full 15-a-side game means they’re on the lookout for new recruits, welcoming anyone who wants to join a group of dedicated individuals at the fastest growing Junior section around… Now competing on a full-size pitch, they’re looking to grow their squad size, increase fitness and continue to enjoy a flamboyant U14s brand of rugby! Despite matching up against bigger squads this season, these fired-up 14s have only suffered 3 losses…on two occasions, it was an easy argument to make that they were the better team! These lads are committed, brave and boast a never-say-die attitude. Ex-players and experienced coaches Paul, Jimmy and Mark put the lads through their paces every Wednesday evening and Sunday morning. With just a few extra players, this team can go to the next level. Do you know a year 9 boy that is looking for a committed team at a brilliant club? Look out for our community rugby coaches in local schools this term. Eccles specialists James and Dan will be at Bridgewater, Walkden, Salford City, Irlam, Harrop Fold, Moorside and St. Patrick’s. Delivering curriculum-based PE lessons and extra-curricular clubs and fixtures, spread the word and ask your PE teacher if you want to get involved! A rugby team is made up of all types. All shapes, sizes and personalities are welcome at Eccles. We’re #Rugbyforall. Join the pride, boost our team and be proud of something special. Contact Team Manager Sarah: 07834347788 ECCLES COLTS ECCLES JUNIORS 1897
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ECCLES LADIES A very happy new year from all involved with Eccles Ladies. We enter the new year after a turbulent ending to 2021 which has seen us not play a competitive fixture for nearly 6 weeks. Whilst this has left our fit and healthy players with a large gap to fill on a Sunday afternoon it does give us a chance to clear the physio room and welcome back some key individuals. We are very excited to welcome a raft of Senior players back to our ranks in January and hope not to be waiting too long to see the likes of Rebbecca Roden, Georgia Cunliffe and Rhianna Scott. We do however have to wait a little longer to welcome back fan favourite Bonnie Flemming we hope to see her back in blue and white before the end of season but we may have to wait until the touch season restarts (her true calling). Our eagerly awaited return will have to wait another week unfortunately but we are very excited to begin the second half of the season. We travel to a very strong Sale 1861 side for our first outing full of determination to build on a strong performance in the home leg. We continue to work hard behind the scenes to grow the section back to it's former glories. We hope that the remainder of the season is uninterrupted and allows us to showcase our improvements on a weekly basis. Our ever-growing section is steadily percolating down into our junior ranks and gives us even greater motivation to set the stage for our future stars. It's a great year to become and Eccles Lady whether you're a mini, Junior or Senior. Come along and give it a go James Wright // Eccles RFC Womens and Girls Rugby Head Coach . WALKING RUGBY Numbers attending Walking rugby at Eccles are slightly down in the past few weeks due to self-isolating and some very poor weather. We do however have four new members to the group - a mum of a Junior player, two former senior players and a new recruit who heard about us from a friend. Eccles RFC were one of the first clubs in the region to embrace Walking Rugby and our group remain the largest to date. We are now approaching our 2nd year and until the Covid lockdown in March our activities had been continual. We recommenced Walking Rugby activities on the 7th of September and had 19 participants at the first session. This response is a good reflection of our group of guys and gals who have a strong bond, turn up regularly, and play enthusiastically every Monday evening at 7.00pm, on the 3G pitch, regardless of the weather conditions. Our challenge in the months ahead will be to re-instate the momentum we had gained and get our Walking back up to speed! The game itself encompasses a touch tackle rule so we’re within the RFU guidelines, and we’re also coming to terms with the necessary technology to make registration and playing possible ( we also keep a paper record of participants for those who are not smart phone savvy) We keep in touch through our own What's-app group and new players from within the club are always welcome so why not give it a try! To join the Walkers call me on 07747 570345 Alan Bent // Eccles RFC Walking Rugby
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DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD In 2011 Eccles RFC became the first rugby club in the UK to offer the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) award scheme for its young people aged 14 to 24. A decade on, our DofE award scheme has grown from strength to strength, and can take great pride in the attainment of over 200 prestigious awards (48 Gold, 62 Silver, 127 Bronze) achieved by its players. This remarkable success is a testament to the committed effort and dedicated persistence of our participants and the club volunteers who lead the programme. The DofE award gives young people the chance to learn new skills for life. Consisting of four areas of personal endeavour - Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition (plus a Residential experience at Gold level), the DofE inspires and encourages commitment, personal development and an adventurous spirit in young people to help resilience them gain to the confidence and successfully overcome whatever life throws their way. The award programme compliments Rugby activities here at the club and instills in our future adults the importance of team work and tenacity in reaching goals. To celebrate our 10-year association with the DofE Award scheme, this season the club decided to proudly emblazon all new Eccles RFC Mini and Junior Rugby shirts with the DofE award crest. This initiative was supported by Seward Refrigeration and the Morson Group who provided the financial security to ensure that every Mini and Junior player, aged 5 to 16, could be provided with a new full kit. Anyone who has visited the club this season on a Sunday morning will agree it's been heart-warming to see hundreds of kids running out in those sparkling new Navy and White hoops! Although our sponsors did not make their commitment for reasons ofpublicity we think it only right and proper that we take this opportunity to recognise and express our appreciation of their patronage, without which we could not do what we do. Eccles Rugby Football Club and our DofE award scheme is steadfast in its principles of inclusivity. There are many families within this district suffering hardship and it remains important to us that no member is denied the opportunity to participate as a result of financial contraints. Providing the DofE Award is not without costs. The club holds a central stock of equipment (tents, maps, compasses, cooking stoves, gas etc) but in addition to the annual £1500 licence fee we also need to replace the majority of our tents this coming year due to rodent damage caused whilst in storage during the Covid lockdown. So, we are delighted to confirm that the M&J Christmas events helped to raise £400 for our club's DofE section! Thank you all for your generosity and support it makes a difference. CG. Professional, Reliable CAD Service We provide great value Planning Drawings, Extension Designs and Building Plans for Planning Permission and Building Regs Applications. Wishing all the teams at Eccles RFC a successful season ahead! For all enquiries, please contact us at enquiries@plans2buildmcr.co.uk or call us on Adam 07899 988 562 Lewis 07535 807 532
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Today our 1XV will be entertaining Aldwinains RUFC, who were founded in 1936 as Old Aldwinians Association, formed from old boys who attended Audenshaw Grammar School. The first record of a game between Eccles and Old Aldwinians we can find in the club archives is from the 1946/47 Season, when Eccles played at Redclyffe Road, near Barton Swing Bridge. The fixture planned for 15th March, 1947 - Old Aldwinians 1stXV v Eccles1stXV was cancelled but the return matches 12th April 1947 resulted in a wins for both Eccles teams; Eccles1stXV 11 v Old Aldwinians 1stXV 8. Old Aldwinians 5 "A" v Eccles "A" 22 The match report paints a picture “ECCLES LEAVE IT LATE. Eccles entertained Old Aldwinians at Barton on Saturday and won a keen game by 11 points to 8 on Saturday, the issue being in doubt until the closing minutes of the game .Having lost the toss, Povey kicked off and Eccles were quickly on the attack. Play was fairly even but just in the final minutes before the interval, Aldwinians took the lead in a surprising manner. Eccles were coming away from their 25 after a defensive spell and Warren was going through, but seeing his progress barred, he kicked ahead. But his kick, a hard one, landed fairly and squarely in the stomach of Johnson, the visitors' centre, standing only two yards away and somehow or other stuck. Nobody looked more surprised than Johnson, but he was quick to size up the situation and was away in a flash to score under the posts. This was converted to give Aldwinians an interval lead of 8-3, but within three minutes of the resumption, Eccles were level, Leigh picking up to score a try which Povey converted. Try as they would, however, Eccles could not cross the line again and it was not until five minutes from the end that Povey kicked anoth er penalty to give them an 11-8 victory.” The photo (taken in October, 1946) shows Tom Povey as Captain and also W.S. Warren, cross legged 3rd from the left - mentioned in the article. All Saints church at Redclyffe Road appears in the background. GORTON STREET GAZETTE Eccles appear to have the edge in these early encounters- 22nd Nov 1947 Eccles 1stXV 7 v Old Aldwinians 1stXV 6, and 9th Oct 1948 - Eccles 1stXV 9 v Old Aldwinians 1stXV 5 was actually one of the first games played at our new Gorton St ground. The match report for that game reveals the pitches were originally orientated the other way around "Mayor won the toss and made use of a stiff breeze in attacking the Winton end" . Eccles v Old Aldwinians continued to be a regular fixture all the way through the 1950s but the continuity stopped in the 1960/61 Season. Eccles also has a long playing relationship with our 2XV visitors today from Altrincham Kersal RUFC. Kersal Rugby Football Club were formed in 1897, the same year Eccles Rugby Football Club were re-established following the great Northern Union upheaval of 1895. Kersal played in Prestwich until 1922, when they moved to Stretford, then Flixton and ultimately to their present ground at Stelfox Ave, Timperley in 1968 when they adopted ‘Altrincham’ into their name. There are numerous reports of Eccles v Kersal fixtures throughout the early 1900s, the earliest we’ve found is November 1909 Eccles 5 v Kersal 12 and November 1911 Eccles 4 - Kersal 1. The first game after WW1 recorded is October 1920 Eccles 3 v Kersal 3, played at Stott Lane Salford, with "Kersal kicking off towards the hospital" an indication of the position of the pitch. Committee minute book - 70 years ago 7th Jan 1952 - Club Treasurer Mr. Gilbody remarked that the marking out of the ground was deplorable and that we should be getting reported by the Union referees. It was agreed that members should make a greater effort to carry out the marking before the game. 14th Jan 1952 - Irwell Sports club is to be written to by the Secretary informing them, that as they intend to be a Rugby League club, we can have no dealings with them concerning the use of our ground. 21st Jan 1952- The Rugby Union instructional film is to be shown on Tues. 22nd Jan. An invitation to attend has been received from Old Salfordians. Sheila Thomas (with Chris Gaffey chipping in) // Eccles RFC Historian
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Tables 2021-22 Season ECCLES MEN 1XV ADM PREMIER DIVISION LANCASHIRE LEAGUES Didsbury Toc H Widnes Liverpool Collegiate Liverpool St. Helens West Park (St. Helens) Aldwinians Oldham Eccles Wigan Ormskirk Fleetwood Burnley (Withdrawn) ECCLES MEN 2XV NOWIRUL DIV. 2 SOUTH HALBRO NW LEAGUES Broughton Park 2XV Warrington 2XV Didsbury TOC H 2XV Anselmians 2XV Macclesfield 2XV Knutsford Crewe & Nantwich 2XV Manchester 2XV Eccles 2XV Altrincham Kersal 2XV Bowdon 2XV Liverpool University Veterans TBA TBA GAMES 11 11 13 12 12 14 14 12 13 12 12 14 RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS BP LBP ADJ 11 0 0 381 95 286 53 9 0 10 0 1 313 113 200 48 8 0 9 0 4 235 228 7 43 7 0 8 0 4 281 189 92 38 6 0 8 0 4 279 224 55 38 6 0 8 0 6 236 234 2 38 6 0 5 0 9 186 282 -96 25 5 0 4 1 7 194 268 -74 22 4 0 5 0 8 133 286 -153 21 1 0 4 0 8 146 371 -225 19 3 0 2 1 9 151 245 -94 14 4 0 0 0 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 GAMES 11 12 12 11 12 12 12 13 11 11 10 9 0 0 RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 11 0 0 428 110 318 55 0 0 10 0 2 324 142 182 53 1 0 7 2 3 325 181 144 45 1 0 7 1 3 171 159 12 42 1 0 8 1 3 347 145 202 40 1 0 4 0 8 225 368 -143 30 2 0 4 0 8 166 337 -171 28 0 0 3 1 9 217 455 -238 28 0 0 3 2 6 230 223 7 26 1 0 4 0 7 218 259 -41 26 0 0 2 0 8 147 337 -190 17 2 0 1 1 7 121 203 -82 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ECCLES MENS TABLES MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Date Mens 1XV 28-Aug-21 Burnley - CUP 04-Sep-21 Ormskirk 11-Sep-21 West Park St. H. 18-Sep-21 Widnes 25-Sep-21 02-Oct-21 Wigan 09-Oct-21 Aldwinians 16-Oct-21 Burnley 23-Oct-21 Didsbury Toc H 30-Oct-21 06-Nov-21 Liverpool Coll. 13-Nov-21 20-Nov-21 Liverpool St, H. 27-Nov-21 04-Dec-21 Oldham 11-Dec-21 Fleetwood 18-Dec-21 West Park St. H. 24-Dec-21 28-Dec-21 31-Dec-21 08-Jan-22 Widnes 15-Jan-22 Wigan 22-Jan-22 Aldwinians 29-Jan-22 Burnley 12-Feb-22 Didsbury Toc H 19-Feb-22 Liverpool Coll. 05-Mar-22 Fleetwood 12-Mar-22 19-Mar-22 Liverpool St. H 26-Mar-22 02-Apr-22 Oldham 09-Apr-22 Ormskirk 18-Apr-22 23-Apr-22 HA Results H 77 - 15W Mens 2XV A 22 - 24W Bowdon 2XV H 22 - 40L Manchester 2XV A 36 - 7L Warrington 2XV A 29 - 20L Warrington 2XV H HWM A 38 - 22L Crewe & Nantwich 2XV A Anselmians A 22 - 17L A 18 - 5L Didsbury Toc H 2XV Liverpool Uni. Vets. Knutsford H 13 - 10W Macclesfield 4XV H 11 - 11D Broughton Park 2XV A PP - PP Manchester 2XV H 15 - 23L A H 58 - 24W A A A PP 7 - 34L PP - PP HWM A 26 - 26D HA Results A 33 - 7L H 67 - 0W H 26 - 5W H 29 - 15W Altrincham Kersal 2XV A 34 - 19L H 24 - 37L H PP - PP A 27 - 24L Warrington 2XV H A H H A H A H Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Broughton Park 2XV Bowdon 2XV A H A H HWM Crewe & Nantwich 2XV H Anselmians Didsbury Toc H 2XV Liverpool Uni. Vets. H A H A 39 - 0L Altrincham Kersal 2XV H
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Eccles 1XV Aldwinians 1XV 1. Dale Hughes 2. Tom Coe # 3. Ross Eaton # 4. Zak Brooker # 5. Simon Donovan # 6. Ryley Thornton # 7. Reece Walker # 8. Lee Brennand # 9. Tim Cullen # 10. James Wright # 11. Matt Parkinson # 12. Chris Fortune 13. Tom Dutton # 14. Damola Ayalaja-lowo # 15. William Parkinson # 16. Danny McManus # 17. Fin Cox # 18. Neil Williams 19 TBC 20 TBC #Homegrown at Eccles RFC Coach-Sam Simpson # 1. A., Nathaniel 2. T. Gibson 3. J. Sharples 4. A. Gidman 5. A. Ormrod 6. R. Holland 7. C. Price 8. L. Quinn 9. M. Ross 10. P. Anglin 11. L. Kern 12. J. Henderson 13. T. Hughes 14. J. Taylor 15. M. Dempsey 16. S. Nicholson 17. K. Hirons 18. Davis-Garbutt 19. C. Santos 20. C. Odesile 21. R. Mooney Coach-B. Marsland TODAY’S REFEREE: Jack Sharpen - (MADREFS) TEAM SHEETS TEAM SHEETS Eccles 2XV 1 Josh Green # 2 Tom Sleeman 3 Stuart Cork 4 Cammy Higginbottom # 5 Anthony Dutta 6 Javi Manzanares 7 Liam Thornley # 8 Keiron Reed # 9 Sam Long 10 Harry Candland # 11 Tim Balogun # 12 Jordan Bromley # 13 George Tyson 14 Wesley Chiriseri # 15 Rory McGrath # 16 Scott Marshall 17 Rich Owen 18 David Smith # Altrincham Kersal 2XV 1. C. Weighell 2. D. Holden 3. B. Stevens 4. J. Mitchell 5. R. Dutton (C) 6. K. Lalley 7. J.. McDonald 8. G. Edge 9. S. Gallimore 10. N. Foster 11. I. Himsworth 12. S. Yarrow (VC) 13. S. Lewis 14. A. Butterworth 15. J. Snoddy 16. A Thomas 17. R Brown 18. T Sullivan 19. J Curnow *Replacements may change and may include John Hibbert, Tom Mayo #, Luke James Coach-Mark Greenhalgh #Homegrown at Eccles RFC TODAY’S REFEREE: Jerry Frain - (MADREFS)
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1XV MATCH REPORT TEAM SHEETS Saturday 15th January 2022. Wigan 27 - 24 Eccles. Eccles arrived at the Douglas Valley Ground looking to start 2022 with a positive performance. The 1XV had achieved a 29-15 victory over Wigan at Gorton Street in October fielding a youthful team, and despite player availability once again resulting in an unfamiliar line up an away win would provide a welcome boost. It was a pleasant winter afteroon as the game kicked off in sunny conditions. Eccles started brightly putting Wigan under immeadiate pressure. An Eccles line out inside the opposition 22 was won by the hosts who attempted to counter attack, but Matt Parkinson collected the ball in his own half and weaved through the midfield, evading tackles to attack up the right flank, offloading to supporting lock Javi Manzanares on the wing, who in turn passed back inside to openside Reece Walker who charged though to score the opening try with 3 minutes played. Converted by the boot of Alex Speakman 0-7 Eccles. Despite striking the first blow, Eccles were kept inside their own half for the next 10 minutes by Wigan who, in responding to the early set back, enjoyed better possession and field position for the next 10 mins. At 20 mins Eccles made an effective break out fo defence, once again up the right wing, resulting in a line out and driving maul, leading to a penalty in front of the sticks, which Speakman slotted home without difficulty. 0-10 Eccles. Wigan made a concerted effort to respond and although Eccles were ahead they were not comfortable. The pressure eventually paid off when Wigan scored a try in the corner with 35 mins played and a following the restart a penalty for the hosts just before the break brought them right back into the game 8-10. Having made a good start, Eccles failed to take control of the game with Wigan confidence increasing as the first half progressed. HT 8-10 The second half kicked off and Wigan secured a penalty almost straight away for offside, giving them a straight forward opportunity to go ahead; 11-10. Wigancontinued their acendency as Eccles were unable to keep possession long enough to advance thier cause. Eccles played themselves into trouble more than once and the hosts eventually crossed the line to score on 50 minutes. The conversion hit the post, but there was no reprieve for Eccles as 2 minutes later, straight from the restart Wigan are awarded another penalty in the midfield and the hosts extended their lead. 19-10. Eccles attempted to shift momentum back in their favour with a sustained attack inside the 22, but a loose carry resulted in a deep exit kick from Wigan. The Eccles return kick did not find touch and the ball was returned with pace up the left wing by the Wigan number 12, who broke though attempted tackles to run the ball in behind the sticks. 24-10. Eccles restarted the game with renewed determination and for the next quarter of an hour put Wigan under attacking pressure. The Eccles forwards pounded away at the defence but are unable to find a way through to the goal line only a few metres away. At 66' Jay Christey breaks from an Eccles scrum with the ball, but is injured in the tackle as he drives for the line and is carried from the pitch with a suspected dislocated knee*. Eccles continue to build pressure, Wigan are pinned inside their 22 and another Eccles injury out on the right wing halts the clock. With 5 minutes remaining Chris Fortune ruptures the defensive line to score under the sticks to set up an exciting finish. 24-17. Wigan attack from the restart but Alex Speakman intercepts the ball and bursts free, running about 70m before he is caught and brought down just inches short of the goal line. The resulting mellie leads to an Eccles penalty scrum. With 3 minutes on the clock the ball is moved swiftly to Will Parky who swerves through the defenders to score under the sticks. Alex Speakman converts for the extras and it's all square with 2 minutes left to play. 24-24. Wigan restart, reclaim the ball in the middle of the pitch, are awarded a penalty and secure the victory with the last play kick. Whistle. FT 27-24. Tables 2021-22 Season ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH 2 Sale 1861 Bishop Auckland Birkenhead Park Sheffield Manchester Didsbury Toc H Crewe & Nantwich Darlington Eccles GAMES RESULTS P W D L 9 8 7 6 9 8 9 4 6 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS SENIOR COLTS U18s PRELIM. D HALBRO NWL Kirkby Lonsdale Rossendale Eccles Sale Southport Altrincham Kersal SENIOR COLTS U18s CONF. F HALBRO NWL Sale Crewe & Nantwich Whitchurch Rossendale Eccles TBA GAMES RESULTS P W D L 5 5 5 5 5 5 GAMES RESULTS P W D L 4 3 3 3 3 0 ECCLES JUNIOR COLTS JUNIOR COLTS U17s GAMES PRELIM F HALBRO Aldwinians Glossop & Marple Eccles Clitheroe Broughton Park & TMV TBA 4 4 4 4 4 0 POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 9 0 0 359 93 266 43 7 0 7 0 1 285 129 156 35 7 0 5 0 2 252 77 175 25 5 0 4 0 2 172 59 113 21 5 0 3 0 6 151 270 -119 14 2 0 2 0 6 177 337 -160 13 5 0 2 0 7 120 228 -108 11 3 0 1 0 3 35 111 -76 5 0 0 6 34 281 -247 1 1 0 1 0 POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 5 0 0 151 51 100 25 0 0 3 0 2 98 84 14 18 1 0 2 1 2 76 94 -18 15 0 0 2 0 3 109 123 -14 14 1 0 2 0 3 77 66 11 13 1 0 0 1 4 38 131 -93 7 0 0 POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 2 0 2 64 83 -19 13 1 0 2 0 1 74 41 33 12 1 0 2 0 1 77 50 27 11 0 0 2 0 1 48 50 -2 11 0 0 0 0 3 39 78 -39 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 RESULTS W D L F POINTS TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 4 0 0 151 79 72 20 0 0 3 0 1 117 74 43 16 0 0 2 0 2 111 161 -50 12 0 0 1 0 3 65 97 -32 9 0 0 4 114 147 -33 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES
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CLUB INFORMATION President - Mark Dutton Chairman - Chris Gaffey Honorary Secretary - Dave Nicholls Honorary Treasurer - Mike Bateman Fixtures Secretary - Don Edmondson Director of Rugby - Sam Simpson Safeguarding Officer - Heather Thorpe D of E Chairman - Mark Baines Mini & Junior Chairman - Dan Nicholls Junior Fixtures Secretary - Leeann Aspinall Ladies Captain - Rowanne Smalley Mens’ Captain - James Wright To play rugby Contact: Mens’ Head Coach Sam Simpson 07935 403171 Ladies Head Coach James Wright 07791 227616 Mini & Junior Chair Dan Nicholls 07789 202189 PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend, 2022 is officially our 125th Anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 75 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. It has been a strange year with everything that has been going on but the club has still been extremely busy. The money we raised through Crowdfunder, £40K+, has put us in an exciting position to commence several ground improvement projects. The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I am limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We can offer something for everyone including ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday nights at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshment, especially with our new friends from the First Chop Brewery. Mark Dutton // Eccles RFC President
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME A very warm winter welcome and a Happy New Year to all our supporters and visitors at Eccles RFC today. I wish you all the best of health for 2022. Let’s hope the year ahead provides us with more certainty and positivity. All our Senior fixtures and Junior county cup games were sadly postponed just before Christmas due to COVID concerns, and at the time of writing this message the threat of further restrictions were still undetermined, leaving the safe continuation of rugby in some doubt. So, if you are reading this, you can assume the match is (probably) going ahead! Our 1XV opponents today, Widnes, arrive in good form, having lost just one away game so far this season. In the reverse fixture back in September Eccles travelled to the ADM Prem Champions with a squad that saw many homegrown former colts drafted in as cover for a lengthy injury list. Although Eccles began that game in the ascendancy, scoring first and breaking through several times in the opening quarter, a pair of second half yellow cards and a late collapse assisted the hosts towards a 36-7 win. Consistency of team line up and performance has continued to be a problem for the Men of Eccles this season but let's hope we will at least see an improvement in the conversation of attacking opportunities into points today. Despite our Senior and Colts teams struggling to find a winning formula on the field, there’s certainly been a renewed camaraderie within the squads and the atmosphere in the clubhouse at the weekend is now returning to its buzzing best (restrictions permitting!) We’re working hard here at Eccles to overcome the set backs of COVID by promoting the game and invigorating its growth within our community. Since last summer, the club has taken big strides forwards with its Mini & Junior rugby, with increased numbers across all 10 teams. Whist other clubs have curtailed their development of youth due to a decline in numbers, we’re a hive of activity and bursting at the seams on Sunday mornings! Our Community Rugby Coach is engaged with local schools and the club is now growing at a healthy pace with over 400 members. Of course, this surge in participation and the maintenance of our facilities would not be possible without the invaluable assistance we receive from our sponsors and the continued dedicated commitment of our volunteers. Donating your time to support the club's activities can be very rewarding so if you’d like to get involved and put something back in please do step forward. Whichever team you’re supporting this weekend, I hope you enjoy your match experience at Eccles and you keep returning throughout the season. Thank you for your support in what will be our 125th Anniversary year. Let’s get stuck in! Chris Gaffey // Eccles RFC Chairman HEAD COACH NOTES A very warm welcome and a Happy New Year to everyone attending Gorton Street this beautiful early January afternoon. I hope everyone made the most of the Christmas period and all the festivities that comes with it. Today we welcome old friends Widnes RUFC. These clubs have had many a good battle over the years with the spoils going the way of our visitors in the meeting earlier in the season over at Widnes. The Eccles squad is really looking to continue to develop its style of play and to understand how getting our accuracy nearer to 90% is the key to us being successful at what we do. Eccles are still definitely in a rebuilding stage as a new group but although we were on the wrong side of the results in a lot of the games prior to the Christmas break we were extremely happy about how we wanted to play the game in most of those contests. I’m hoping today we can produce something really positive on the field, giving all who are watching something to enjoy. Sam Simpson // Eccles RFC Director of Rugby
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ECCLES LADIES A very happy new year from all involved with Eccles Ladies. We enter the new year after a turbulent ending to 2021 which has seen us not play a competitive fixture for nearly 6 weeks. Whilst this has left our fit and healthy players with a large gap to fill on a Sunday afternoon it does give us a chance to clear the physio room and welcome back some key individuals. We are very excited to welcome a raft of Senior players back to our ranks in January and hope not to be waiting too long to see the likes of Rebbecca Roden, Georgia Cunliffe and Rhianna Scott. We do however have to wait a little longer to welcome back fan favourite Bonnie Flemming we hope to see her back in blue and white before the end of season but we may have to wait until the touch season restarts (her true calling). Our eagerly awaited return will have to wait another week unfortunately but we are very excited to begin the second half of the season. We travel to a very strong Sale 1861 side for our first outing full of determination to build on a strong performance in the home leg. We continue to work hard behind the scenes to grow the section back to it's former glories. We hope that the remainder of the season is uninterrupted and allows us to showcase our improvements on a weekly basis. Our ever-growing section is steadily percolating down into our junior ranks and gives us even greater motivation to set the stage for our future stars. It's a great year to become and Eccles Lady whether you're a mini, Junior or Senior. Come along and give it a go James Wright // Eccles RFC Womens and Girls Rugby Head Coach . WALKING RUGBY Numbers attending Walking rugby at Eccles are slightly down in the past few weeks due to self-isolating and some very poor weather. We do however have four new members to the group - a mum of a Junior player, two former senior players and a new recruit who heard about us from a friend. Eccles RFC were one of the first clubs in the region to embrace Walking Rugby and our group remain the largest to date. We are now approaching our 2nd year and until the Covid lockdown in March our activities had been continual. We recommenced Walking Rugby activities on the 7th of September and had 19 participants at the first session. This response is a good reflection of our group of guys and gals who have a strong bond, turn up regularly, and play enthusiastically every Monday evening at 7.00pm, on the 3G pitch, regardless of the weather conditions. Our challenge in the months ahead will be to re-instate the momentum we had gained and get our Walking back up to speed! The game itself encompasses a touch tackle rule so we’re within the RFU guidelines, and we’re also coming to terms with the necessary technology to make registration and playing possible ( we also keep a paper record of participants for those who are not smart phone savvy) We keep in touch through our own What's-app group and new players from within the club are always welcome so why not give it a try! To join the Walkers call me on 07747 570345 Alan Bent // Eccles RFC Walking Rugby
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DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD In 2011 Eccles RFC became the first rugby club in the UK to offer the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) award scheme for its young people aged 14 to 24. A decade on, our DofE award scheme has grown from strength to strength, and can take great pride in the attainment of over 200 prestigious awards (48 Gold, 62 Silver, 127 Bronze) achieved by its players. This remarkable success is a testament to the committed effort and dedicated persistence of our participants and the club volunteers who lead the programme. The DofE award gives young people the chance to learn new skills for life. Consisting of four areas of personal endeavour - Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition (plus a Residential experience at Gold level), the DofE inspires and encourages commitment, personal development and an adventurous spirit in young people to help resilience them gain to the confidence and successfully overcome whatever life throws their way. The award programme compliments Rugby activities here at the club and instills in our future adults the importance of team work and tenacity in reaching goals. To celebrate our 10-year association with the DofE Award scheme, this season the club decided to proudly emblazon all new Eccles RFC Mini and Junior Rugby shirts with the DofE award crest. This initiative was supported by Seward Refrigeration and the Morson Group who provided the financial security to ensure that every Mini and Junior player, aged 5 to 16, could be provided with a new full kit. Anyone who has visited the club this season on a Sunday morning will agree it's been heart-warming to see hundreds of kids running out in those sparkling new Navy and White hoops! Although our sponsors did not make their commitment for reasons ofpublicity we think it only right and proper that we take this opportunity to recognise and express our appreciation of their patronage, without which we could not do what we do. Eccles Rugby Football Club and our DofE award scheme is steadfast in its principles of inclusivity. There are many families within this district suffering hardship and it remains important to us that no member is denied the opportunity to participate as a result of financial contraints. Providing the DofE Award is not without costs. The club holds a central stock of equipment (tents, maps, compasses, cooking stoves, gas etc) but in addition to the annual £1500 licence fee we also need to replace the majority of our tents this coming year due to rodent damage caused whilst in storage during the Covid lockdown. So, we are delighted to confirm that the M&J Christmas events helped to raise £400 for our club's DofE section! Thank you all for your generosity and support it makes a difference. CG. Professional, Reliable CAD Service We provide great value Planning Drawings, Extension Designs and Building Plans for Planning Permission and Building Regs Applications. Wishing all the teams at Eccles RFC a successful season ahead! For all enquiries, please contact us at enquiries@plans2buildmcr.co.uk or call us on Adam 07899 988 562 Lewis 07535 807 532
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Today our 1XV will be entertaining Widnes RUFC, who were founded in 1924 as Widnes Secondary School Old Boys RFC. The following year the name was changed to Old Widnesians RFC before becoming an open club in 1959 when, with its new ground and clubhouse at Heath Road, the name changed to Widnes Rugby Union Football Club. The first recorded fixture between Eccles and Widnes we can find in the club archives is from the 1926/27 Season - 4th December,1926 Old Widnesians 1stXV 20 v Eccles 1stXV 8 with the "A" teams playing each other at Eccles. The 1XV teams met again later that season in the reverse fixture on Easter Saturday, 16th April,1927 with the "A" teams playing each other at Widnes. At this time Eccles played at Redclyffe Road, near Barton Swing Bridge on the Trafford Park side of the Ship Canal, behind All Saints RC church on land that faced Barton Power Station (what is now B&Q today). This was our second season at this ground having moved here in 1925 from Barton Lane, where the club had used the King's Head Hotel for Club Head Quarters and changing facilities. Eccles temporally used the Pack Horse Hotel, Barton, for changing facilities in 1925 before constructing its own facilities at Redclyffe Road with 4 dressing rooms, a hot water boiler and a bath installed for the 1926 season. Eccles 1stXV would face Old Widnesians again the following season on 17th Sept.,1927 and 21st April, 1928, these two dates being the first and last playing Saturdays of the season. This was clearly a nomadic period for Eccles, who were looking to rebuild and recover from the terrible losses suffered during the First World War, and had once again readopted the Rock House Hotel on Peel Green Road as club H.Q, where we had played before WWI, before adopting the Patricroft Conservative club as HQ for the 1928/29 Season. On 22nd September 1928 Eccles 1st XV would defeat Old Widnesians 24-19 at the old Redclyffe Road ground and go on to enjoy good form and distinguishing itself as the only club amongst 52 northern clubs to be beaten only once during the season. Despite the regular inconvenience of ship canal traffic which meant a long wait to cross Barton Swing Bridge to get to the pitch, the club remained at Redclyffe Road until the outbreak of WW2. GORTON STREET GAZETTE 50 years ago The Committee minute book records - 3rd January 1972 - a receipt had been received from Salford Royal Hospital Management committee for the amount raised at the charity match, £15.67. There was also a reminder from club Chairman Harry Broomhead about the working party on January 7th. The following week it was recorded that a great deal of work had been achieved by the few who had attended the working party. Another one would be held at a later date. Harry of course would later become a stalwart “fossil". 40 years ago 4th January 1982 - The Lancashire cup fixture with Broughton Park was confirmed for Sunday, 17th Jan., weather permitting. The previous November, Eccles had beat Ruskin Park 15-3 to progress into the 3rd round. 18th January 1982. - Lancashire Cup vs Broughton Park, a successful day despite the fact that we lost 25-6. Thanks expressed to Captain Pete Nicholls and vice-captain Steve Dore and all who helped, in particular Eddie Williams, who organised the admission charges and car parking. £80+ was raised. Mr Dore is still playing, competing in the recent Friday night Vets game. 30 years ago 9th January 1992 - Club Captain, Andy Brunt records in the committee meeting minutes that "training has slowed in the past couple of weeks, probably due to Christmas, he will contact the team captains to raise the subject with players".
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Tables 2021-22 Season ECCLES MEN 1XV ADM PREMIER DIVISION LANCASHIRE LEAGUES Didsbury Toc H Widnes Liverpool St. Helens Liverpool Collegiate West Park (St. Helens) Aldwinians Oldham Eccles Wigan Ormskirk Fleetwood Burnley (Withdrawn) ECCLES MEN 2XV NOWIRUL DIV. 2 SOUTH HALBRO NW LEAGUES Broughton Park 2XV Warrington 2XV Didsbury TOC H 2XV Anselmians 2XV Macclesfield 2XV Knutsford Crewe & Nantwich 2XV Eccles 2XV Manchester 2XV Altrincham Kersal 2XV Liverpool University Veterans Bowdon 2XV TBA TBA GAMES 10 10 11 11 11 12 12 11 12 11 11 12 RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS BP LBP ADJ 10 0 0 360 83 277 49 9 0 9 0 1 292 97 195 44 8 0 8 0 3 257 155 102 38 6 0 7 0 4 222 216 6 35 7 0 7 0 4 245 200 45 33 5 0 7 0 5 224 213 11 33 5 0 5 1 6 162 254 -92 23 3 0 4 0 8 170 241 -71 21 3 0 4 0 8 106 262 -156 17 1 0 3 1 8 131 359 -228 15 3 0 2 0 8 135 224 -89 13 3 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 GAMES 10 11 10 10 10 10 10 10 11 10 8 8 0 0 RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 10 0 0 376 91 285 50 0 0 9 0 2 285 142 143 48 1 0 6 1 3 246 142 104 37 1 0 6 1 3 163 159 4 37 1 0 6 1 3 289 131 158 36 1 0 4 0 6 199 292 -93 28 2 0 4 0 6 159 272 -113 26 0 0 3 0 5 230 184 46 25 0 0 3 0 8 195 425 -230 24 1 0 3 0 7 187 259 -72 21 0 0 1 1 6 107 164 -57 15 2 0 1 0 7 91 266 -175 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ECCLES MENS TABLES MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Date Mens 1XV 28-Aug-21 Burnley - CUP 04-Sep-21 Ormskirk HA Results H 77 - 15W A 36 - 7L Mens 2XV A 22 - 24W Bowdon 2XV 11-Sep-21 West Park St. H. H 22 - 40L Manchester 2XV 18-Sep-21 Widnes 25-Sep-21 Warrington 2XV 02-Oct-21 Wigan 09-Oct-21 Aldwinians 16-Oct-21 Burnley 23-Oct-21 Didsbury Toc H 30-Oct-21 06-Nov-21 Liverpool Coll. 13-Nov-21 20-Nov-21 Liverpool St, H. 27-Nov-21 04-Dec-21 Oldham 11-Dec-21 Fleetwood 24-Dec-21 28-Dec-21 31-Dec-21 08-Jan-22 Widnes 15-Jan-22 Wigan 22-Jan-22 Aldwinians 29-Jan-22 Burnley 12-Feb-22 Didsbury Toc H 19-Feb-22 Liverpool Coll. 05-Mar-22 Fleetwood 12-Mar-22 19-Mar-22 Liverpool St. H 26-Mar-22 02-Apr-22 Oldham 09-Apr-22 Ormskirk 18-Apr-22 23-Apr-22 A 29 - 20L Warrington 2XV H HWM A 38 - 22L Crewe & Nantwich 2XV A Anselmians A 22 - 17L A 18 - 5L Didsbury Toc H 2XV Liverpool Uni. Vets. Knutsford H 13 - 10W Macclesfield 4XV H 11 - 11D Broughton Park 2XV 18-Dec-21 West Park St. H. A PP - PP Manchester 2XV H 15 - 23L A H 58 - 24W A A A PP 7 - 34L PP - PP HWM A 26 - 26D HA Results A 33 - 7L H 67 - 0W H 26 - 5W H 29 - 15W Altrincham Kersal 2XV A 34 - 19L H 24 - 37L H A H A H H A H A H Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Broughton Park 2XV Bowdon 2XV A H A H Warrington 2XV HWM Crewe & Nantwich 2XV H Anselmians Didsbury Toc H 2XV Liverpool Uni. Vets. H A H A Altrincham Kersal 2XV H
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Eccles 1XV Widnes 1XV 1 Dale Hughes 2 Fin Cox # 3 Ross Eaton # 4 Zak Brooker # 5 Simon Donovan # 6 Ryley Thornton # 7 Neil Williams 8 Tom Coe # 9 Tim Cullen # 10 Alex Speakman # 11 Matt Parkinson # 12 Chris Fortune 13 Tom Dutton # 14 Damola Ayanlaja-lowo # 15 Will Parkinson # 16 Rich Owen 17 Javi Manzanares 18 Jay Christey # 19 Sam Long 20 Harry Candland # 1. A.Haydock 2. P.Makles 3. J.Winstanley 4. S. Bryan 5. M.Blakey 6. A Duggan 7. M Garrity 8. T. O’Neill 9. J.Kenyon 10. K.Leadbetter 11. A.Leadbetter 12. L.Lawton 13. J.Patient 14. L.Holland 15. A.Owens 16. G.Hatton 17. J.Gilhooley 18. J.Paton Coach-Sam Simpson # TODAY’S REFEREE: TBA TEAM SHEETS 1XV MATCH REPORT Saturday 11 December 2021 Eccles 11-11 Fleetwood Eccles entertained Fleetwood in what would be the last game before the Christmas break, hoping to build on the home win against Oldham. The game turned out even closer than that 3 point win. While the pitch was firm underfoot the conditions were poor and the continuous rain meant it was never likely to be a high scoring game. With this in mind Eccles could not have got off to a much worse start than they did. The ball was turned over and some neat hands from the visitors gave Fleetwood a 5 point lead in the opening minute before most of the crowd had made it to their unfamiliar viewing positions next to the M60. However Eccles rolled their sleeves up and proceeded to get stuck into the game. Eccles began to build territorial pressure and Fleetwood began to concede penalties. The home side regularly showed some ambition to keep the ball moving and despite the conditions were stretching Fleetwood's defence. Fly Half Speakman chipped over a penalty to reduce the deficit to 2 points. With the half nearing an end Eccles stretched the defence to the left and then identified the space to the right with Speakman putting in an excellent crossfield kick that was gathered by Matt Parkinson who just about had the pace to squeeze in the corner. Given the balance of the first half Eccles might have wanted to have been further ahead at half time but were confident that they could continue in the same vain in the second half and build on the lead they had taken. HT 8-5 However Fleetwood had other ideas and slowly began to exert the same territorial pressure the Eccles had in the opening half. This combined with Fleetwood beginning to edge proceedings at the numerous scrums meant the slender lead was under threat. Penalties were traded and then Eccles, having their best passage of play, had a couple of kickable penalties to increase the lead, which were turned down. Unfortunately Eccles could not convert these chances to the try that would surely have sealed the game. Eccles were left to rue these decisions as they conceded the equalising penalty with the minutes and light running out. Fleetwood mounted a final attack to try and steal the game but the aggressive Eccles defence they had shown all game held strong to hold on for a draw. FT 11-11
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1XV MATCH REPORT TEAM SHEETS Tables 2021-22 Season ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH 2 Sale 1861 Bishop Auckland Birkenhead Park Sheffield Manchester Didsbury Toc H Crewe & Nantwich Darlington Eccles GAMES RESULTS P W D L 7 6 6 6 7 6 7 2 5 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS SENIOR COLTS U18s PRELIM. D HALBRO NWL Kirkby Lonsdale Rossendale Eccles Sale Southport Altrincham Kersal SENIOR COLTS U18s CONF. F HALBRO NWL Sale Crewe & Nantwich Whitchurch Rossendale Eccles TBA GAMES RESULTS P W D L 5 5 5 5 5 5 GAMES RESULTS P W D L 4 3 3 3 3 0 ECCLES JUNIOR COLTS JUNIOR COLTS U17s GAMES PRELIM F HALBRO Aldwinians Glossop & Marple Eccles Clitheroe Broughton Park & TMV TBA 4 4 4 4 4 0 W 4 3 2 1 0 0 RESULTS D 0 0 0 0 0 0 POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 7 0 0 226 76 150 33 5 0 5 0 1 179 107 72 25 5 0 4 0 2 237 72 165 21 5 0 4 0 2 172 59 113 21 5 0 3 0 4 134 214 -80 14 2 0 1 0 5 115 229 -114 8 1 0 6 69 178 -109 6 1 0 1 20 60 -40 5 0 0 5 34 191 -157 1 POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 5 0 0 151 51 100 25 0 0 3 0 2 98 84 14 18 1 0 2 1 2 76 94 -18 15 0 0 2 0 3 109 123 -14 14 1 0 2 0 3 77 66 11 13 1 0 0 1 4 38 131 -93 7 0 0 POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 2 0 2 64 83 -19 13 1 0 2 0 1 74 41 33 12 1 0 2 0 1 77 50 27 11 0 0 2 0 1 48 50 -2 11 0 0 0 0 3 39 78 -39 4 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 1 2 3 4 0 F 151 117 111 65 114 0 POINTS A 79 74 161 97 147 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 72 43 -50 -32 -33 0 20 16 12 9 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES
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Eccles V Fleetwood

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CLUB INFORMATION President - Mark Dutton Chairman - Chris Gaffey Honorary Secretary - Dave Nicholls Honorary Treasurer - Mike Bateman Fixtures Secretary - Don Edmondson Director of Rugby - Sam Simpson Safeguarding Officer - Heather Thorpe D of E Chairman - Mark Baines Mini & Junior Chairman - Dan Nicholls Junior Fixtures Secretary - Leeann Aspinall Ladies Captain - Rowanne Smalley Mens’ Captain - James Wright To play rugby Contact: Mens’ Head Coach Sam Simpson 07935 403171 Ladies Head Coach James Wright 07791 227616 Mini & Junior Chair Dan Nicholls 07789 202189 PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend, This is officially our 124th anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 74 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. It has been a strange year with everything that has been going on but the club has still been extremely busy. The money we raised through Crowdfunder, £40K+, has put us in an exciting position to commence several ground improvement projects. The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I am limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We can offer something for everyone including ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday nights at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshment, especially with our new friends from the First Chop Brewery. Mark Dutton // Eccles RFC President
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME A warm welcome and a Happy Christmas to all our supporters and visitors at Eccles RFC today. With our 1st XV home games being rare so far this season I’ll probably struggle to squeeze in all of the club’s good news stories into one page (so please do regularly check out our website and social media which have updates daily!). Let’s begin with rugby. Our mens teams have struggled to find consistency with their results and line ups but recent performances have shown we can play exciting flowing rugby, we have great potential with our young homegrown talent and the welcome return of some experienced former players should I believe see a continued improvement in our form and fortunes on the pitch as we head into winter. The lads will be looking to build on last Saturday’s hard fought victory and I hope to see two Ws chalked up on the board. It’s great to have both 1XV and 2XV at home today. Emerging from the pandemic lockdown there’s certainly a renewed camaraderie within the squad and the atmosphere in the clubhouse on Saturdays is now back to buzzing. Since the summer, the club has taken big strides forwards too with its Mini & Junior rugby, with increased numbers in every team and we’re now bursting at the seams on Sunday mornings! Next weekend our Junior teams will compete in Lancashire Cup ties and we hope you can join us to cheer them on. Speaking of which, our Ladies are also progressing positively with their rebuilding and their fixture vs Didsbury Toc H will be our marquee game at Gorton Street next Saturday afternoon, so get down to the club early to give your vocal support to the girls before the Brass Band strikes up and the singing starts at tea time! This is the season for celebration and togetherness. COVID hit community rugby hard and many clubs across Britain are facing uncertain prospects. We’re working hard here at Eccles to promote the game and really appreciate the invaluable assistance we receive from our sponsors in encouraging participation and maintaining our facilities. Our Community Rugby Coach is engaged with local schools and the club is now growing at a healthy pace with over 400 members. None of this of course would be possible without the continued dedicated commitment of our volunteers. Donating your time to support the club's activities can be very rewarding so if you’d like to get involved and put something back in to your community please do step forward. Whichever team you’re supporting this weekend, I hope you enjoy your match experience and you keep returning throughout the season. Thank you for your support of Eccles RFC and I look forward to seeing you down at Gorton Street in 2022, which will be our 125th Anniversary. Let’s get stuck in! Chris Gaffey // Eccles RFC Chairman HEAD COACH NOTES Good day and a very warm welcome to Gorton Street. After a few quiet weekends down the club due to smaller league formats etc it’s fantastic to have a really busy one before the Christmas Break. Eccles 1s welcome old friends Fleetwood. The two clubs have had some fierce fixtures over the years and I do not doubt today will be any different so strap yourself in and prepare to be shaken. The 2s also play host this weekend to Manchester neighbours Broughton Park. The Eccles lads have started putting in a few good performances of late and it has been fantastic to see some of the effort and commitment to attend training really paying off for that group. Eccles Mighty 3s were supposed to be away at Manchester Spartans today but unfortunately the Spartans had to call the fixture of due to a shortage of players but we’re hoping the lads will still be turning out somewhere locally as we look to get another 3s fixture in the bag Sam Simpson // Eccles RFC Director of Rugby before Christmas.
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SOCIAL EVENTS By the time you read this we’ll have already hosted our first event of the festive season with the annual Fossils gathering on Thursday evening, but there are still plenty of reasons to get your coat on and get down to the club for some Christmas cheer. Saturday 11th Dec. Senior Players Outing 1XV and 2XV fixtures at home will be followed by the annual Christmas players (Male and Female) night out - this year to Marble Brewery Tap Room (Kansas Avenue, Salford, M50 2GN) Transport will start leaving club at 6:30pm. Food will be available to purchase at the brewery. After tasting the wares of one of Salford’s finest breweries the convoy will navigate onto Salford Quays. Saturday 18th Dec Christmas Carol Concert 1XV and 2XV fixtures away. Ladies fixture at home, followed by the annual Christmas sing along, accompanied by Eccles Borough Band. Start time approx. 6:30pm. Sunday 19th Dec Breakfast with Santa Following a light training session by the mini’s, including a number of push ups, trunk curls, bench presses and the usual uncoordinated mayhem, the little ones will be taken into the clubhouse where a VIP will make a surprise appearance. Parents are asked to book a place for their children by contacting Rachel Nicholls or Hilary Berry. Please note, due to an expected high demand, this event will probably involve two sittings, proposed timings are approx. 11:00 and 12:00. Beware, the entertainment may contain Nuts. Monday 27th Dec Annual Charity Match KO 2:00pm. Eccles President’s XV vs Eccles Chairman’s XV – plus numerous replacements. The usual International Standard game will take place to entertain the baying crowd. This will be followed by seasonal revelry within the clubhouse.
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ECCLES JUNIORS Eccles Mini and Junior teams have enjoyed a record-breaking Autumn term…With over 20 new, registered members in November alone, our M&J community has welcomed lots of new faces into the Eccles family. Our Under 5s enjoy the early Sunday morning slot on our all-weather pitch. From 'Rob the Nest' to 'THE FLOOR IS LAVA', our fun-loving coaches are bringing the madness and there's smiles all around. With our reception age members growing and growing, we're always on the lookout for adult helpers...so any keen parents please contact us on a Sunday morning. The U6s have quickly progressed to a fully-fledged, tag rugby machine! Coming out of weekly lockdown zoom training…all of the sock squatting and toilet roll tossing has led to a committed set of kids that have an excellent core skillset! Despite a heavy Autumn fixture schedule for the U7s, U8s and U9s, the excitement of game time and growing camaraderie has built huge numbers of committed minis, parents and volunteers. Away days to Sale, Rochdale, Southport, Trafford and Old Bedians have all bolstered the size and strength of the best Minis section in the North. Our U9s have commenced ‘Friday Night Lights’ training sessions as they ready themselves for contact rugby in January! Committed coaches and on-field intensity means our U10s and U11s remain unbeaten this season. The word is out and our local schools coach Dan has sparked an influx of new players. Aggressive defending and support in attack is building a blueprint for success in these booming age grades. The early work of our Community Rugby Coach James has seen our U12s and U13s enjoy a steady growth in new talent. Bonding and building is the order of the day for these lads and we’re proud of the growing community of eager parents and players as they progress each week! Focussed and fiery, our U13s girls group have further developed their rugby knowledge at Gorton Street only to tackle the ‘Greater Manchester ECCLES COLTS ECCLES JUNIORS Girls Network’ and widen their stomping ground. They continue to play with a skill and maturity beyond their years and their pathway to Ladies rugby looks exciting at Eccles! These girls can. Last but not definitely not least, our powerhouse U14s and U16s have hit the ground running and the form book is impressive. Punching victories through a real team ethic has led to weekly, winning rugby games for our young men. They’ve regularly enjoyed the exposure of our club house pitches as our Minis section watch on, popcorn in hand, as boys turn into men. Congratulations to the lads on their County call ups and their continued commitment to our homegrown Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. Kudos! We’ll celebrate in style this Christmas but we won’t take our eye off the ball, Eccles M&Js are making some noise. Bring on the Spring. Dan Nicholls // Eccles RFC M&J Chairman 1897
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ECCLES LADIES Welcome to the festive instalment of women’s rugby at Eccles RFC (if you are reading this on Saturday 11th December at the men's game you’ll have to wait until next weekend for the main event!) Welcome to the players and supporters of Didsbury Toc H for this special Saturday Showcase Christmas special. We are very excited to finish 2021 on the 1XV pitch at home against old rivals (good friends really), this has always been an eagerly anticipated fixture for both teams given an extra edge with the added exposure of a Saturday game. We hope that you enjoy the game and experience first-hand the level of rugby that is being played week on week. We continue to be very excited by the potential of this young group and the growth that has happened over the last 3 months has been exceptional. Our culture is fostering a work ethic and hunger in players to want to constantly improve towards our goal of being a Championship Ladies’ side once more. What is particularly pleasing is the position of our young #homegrown players taking up responsibilities in the leadership group and driving the standards instilled in them from a young age. As we come towards the halfway point of our season, we are still searching for that first win. The growth of the group has been consistent and exciting over the past 3 months, and we are all confident in the potential of this group. Further bolstered by our new relationship with Salford University Womens we know that it is only a matter of time before our results start to show the work that's being put in by this talented every growing group. Enjoy the game and the Brass Band afterwards and remember that Ladies rugby is available weekly on a Sunday afternoon, we always appreciate your support on the sidelines. James Wright // Eccles RFC Womens and Girls Rugby Head Coach WALKING RUGBY Numbers attending Walking rugby at Eccles are slightly down in the past few weeks due to self-isolating and some very poor weather. We do however have four new members to the group - a mum of a Junior player, two former senior players and a new recruit who heard about us from a friend. Eccles RFC were one of the first clubs in the region to embrace Walking Rugby and our group remain the largest to date. We are now approaching our 2nd year and until the Covid lockdown in March our activities had been continual. We recommenced Walking Rugby activities on the 7th of September and had 19 participants at the first session. This response is a good reflection of our group of guys and gals who have a strong bond, turn up regularly, and play enthusiastically every Monday evening at 7.00pm, on the 3G pitch, regardless of the weather conditions. Our challenge in the months ahead will be to re-instate the momentum we had gained and get our Walking back up to speed! The game itself encompasses a touch tackle rule so we’re within the RFU guidelines, and we’re also coming to terms with the necessary technology to make registration and playing possible ( we also keep a paper record of participants for those who are not smart phone savvy) We keep in touch through our own What's-app group and new players from within the club are always welcome so why not give it a try! To join the Walkers call me on 07747 570345 Alan Bent // Eccles RFC Walking Rugby
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DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD The Gold Award Team at Buckingham Palace The DofE award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving 14-24 year olds who wish to take up the challenge, the opportunity to strive to be the best they can be and gain the confidence to believe anything they put their mind to is possible. The programme takes between one and four years to complete and is recognised and valued by employers and universities alike. Eccles RFC were the first rugby club in the UK to offer the DofE award programme to its players. The scheme was established in honour of Christopher Tickle who was posthumously awarded the DofE Gold Award by HRH Prince Phillip in 2010. Since 2011, the club’s young people have achieved over 100 Bronze awards, over 60 Silver awards and 48 prestigious Gold Awards – a testament to the hard work and dedication of the participants and the Eccles team of volunteer leaders. The DofE programme is a journey of adventure and discovery that compliments the ethos of Rugby by rewarding teamwork, endeavour, physical activity, learning skills and community volunteering. To achieve an award a young person must show persistence, commitment, progress and personal development over a period of time. Every activity must be successfully completed and assessed. Activities take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. To commence a Bronze Award you must be aged 14+ years, 15+ years for Silver and 16+ years to start a Gold Award. For more details on the DofE at Eccles RFC and how to become involved check out the club website or email:baines.mark@virginmedia.com. Mark Baines, DofE Chair, Eccles RFC Professional, Reliable CAD Service We provide great value Planning Drawings, Extension Designs and Building Plans for Planning Permission and Building Regs Applications. Wishing all the teams at Eccles RFC a successful season ahead! For all enquiries, please contact us at enquiries@plans2buildmcr.co.uk or call us on Adam 07899 988 562 Lewis 07535 807 532
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Today our 1XV will be entertaining Fleetwood, who have origins as club stretching back over 80 years and were registered with the RFU in 1932 as 'Fleetwood Old Boys’ (of Fleetwood Grammar School) with the 'Old Boys' title dropped in the early 1950’s. The very first recorded fixture between Fleetwood and Eccles we can find in the archives is from the 20th October in 1928/29 Season when the Eccles Journal reported on 26th October,1928 - "A delightful exhibition of rugby was seen at Fleetwood and although Eccles only scored 5 points, the game was full of interest, some clever back play being indulged in by both sides." Final score - Fleetwood nil, Eccles 5. The return game at Eccles on 10th February, 1929 was cancelled but the following season 1929/1930, Eccles played Fleetwood Home and Away with 2 wins for Eccles. Following WW2, Fleetwood resumed its rugby activities, settling at its present location with a small clubhouse by arrangement with the Fleetwood Cricket Club and extended using old RAF huts from a local camp. Very similar to our own club story at Eccles RFC, as we moved to our home here at Gorton Street Peel Green after the war and adopted two former Army Huts for our changing facilities and pavilion! Enthusiastic club members can be seen working on the Army huts in this 1948 photo. In the 1949/1950 Season, Fleetwood O.B. make a brief appearance in the Eccles fixture list with a 9-3 home victory on 11th February 1950, reported by the Journal "Eccles broke new ground on Saturday when they visited the coast to meet Fleetwood Old Boys. The local gale-like conditions were nothing to those which met Eccles on the coast and the wind, coupled with the driving rain, made playing conditions bad with the pitch ankle deep in mud.” Perhaps those conditions explain the sporadic meetings between the clubs as the next fixture in the records is 1954-56 and then skip to 1962/63. Back in December 1948, the first season at our ‘new' ground, Eccles enjoyed a Christmas Day fixture and win over Sale “A”. Eric Salter, who had married the GORTON STREET GAZETTE previous day, was absent and his place was taken by Peter Clough who scored one of the second half tries resulting in a final score of Eccles 11 v Sale "A" 0. The Boxing Day games with Manchester were cancelled owing to the hard conditions of the frozen ground. The railway embankment can be clearly seen in the background of the 1948/49 Eccles RFC team photo. Back row -N. Bisbey (Chairman), E. C. Salter (Bridegroom), R. Holker, A. Farnworth, F.N. Brennan, J. Haughton, T.R. Scanlon, N. S. Davies, A. Pilkington, J.W.J. Rooney (Hon. Secretary) Middle row - L. Nabb, G.J. Chapman, E.S. Mayor (Captain), K. Taylor, H. Palmer. Front row - H. Scott (went on to play for England in February 1955), A.R. Gilbody (Hon. Treasurer), H. Broomhead (went on to become club President). Documented in the club committee minute book on 1st December 1980, the Eccles Borough Band made a request to attend to play carols and make a collection. It was agreed that they would be invited at 6pm on Saturday, 20th December 1980 as it was thought "this could be a successful pre-Christmas event.” Well, it must have been, as they are still attending some 41 years later and long may our annual association continue! And finally to wrap up this edition of the Gazette, a short piece from our archives on the 2XV opponents today, Broughton Park "29th September, 1899. Eccles and Broughton Park met at Heaton Park in boisterous weather on Saturday. Eccles played with 14 men. Eccles were chiefly on the attack, but couldn't score. Final score - Broughton Park 1 goal, Eccles nil. The "A" teams met at Barton where Eccles had only 12 players, but an exciting game ended with Broughton Park 1 goal v Eccles nil.” Let's hope that we have a full compliment of players and some tries when the two teams kick off at 2.15pm today! Eccles RFC historian Sheila Thomas (with Chris Gaffey chipping in).
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Tables 2021-22 Season ECCLES MEN 1XV ADM PREMIER DIVISION LANCASHIRE LEAGUES Didsbury Toc H Widnes Liverpool St. Helens West Park (St. Helens) Aldwinians Liverpool Collegiate Eccles Oldham Ormskirk Fleetwood Wigan Burnley (Withdrawn) GAMES 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 10 10 10 9 10 RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS BP LBP ADJ 4 0 0 360 83 277 49 9 0 5 0 0 292 97 195 44 8 0 4 0 1 231 136 95 33 5 0 4 0 2 237 184 53 33 5 0 4 0 1 176 188 -12 27 3 0 4 0 2 197 195 2 26 6 0 3 0 1 159 230 -71 19 3 0 3 0 3 143 228 -85 18 2 0 3 0 3 131 332 -201 15 3 0 1 0 4 124 213 -89 11 3 0 1 0 2 90 254 -164 9 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 ECCLES MEN 2XV NOWIRUL DIV. 2 HALBRO NW LEAGUES Warrington 2XV Broughton Park 2XV Macclesfield 3XV Didsbury TOC H 2XV Anselmians 2XV Knutsford Eccles 2XV Crewe & Nantwich 2XV Altrincham Kersal 2XV Manchester 2XV Liverpool University Veterans Bowdon 2XV TBA TBA GAMES 11 9 8 9 9 9 8 9 9 10 7 8 0 0 RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 9 0 2 285 142 143 48 1 0 9 0 0 342 84 258 45 0 0 6 0 2 284 126 158 33 1 0 5 1 3 200 142 58 32 1 0 5 1 3 163 159 4 32 1 0 4 0 5 199 246 -47 27 2 0 3 1 4 218 145 73 21 0 0 3 0 6 130 260 -130 21 0 0 3 0 6 175 223 -48 20 0 0 2 0 8 159 413 -254 19 1 0 1 1 5 95 135 -40 14 2 0 1 0 7 91 266 -175 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ECCLES MENS TABLES MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Date Mens 1XV 28-Aug-21 Burnley - CUP 04-Sep-21 Ormskirk HA Results H 77 - 15W A 36 - 7L Mens 2XV A 22 - 24W Bowdon 2XV 11-Sep-21 West Park St. H. H 22 - 40L Manchester 2XV 18-Sep-21 Widnes 25-Sep-21 Warrington 2XV 02-Oct-21 Wigan 09-Oct-21 Aldwinians 16-Oct-21 Burnley 23-Oct-21 Didsbury Toc H 30-Oct-21 06-Nov-21 Liverpool Coll. 13-Nov-21 20-Nov-21 Liverpool St, H. 27-Nov-21 04-Dec-21 Oldham 11-Dec-21 Fleetwood 24-Dec-21 28-Dec-21 31-Dec-21 08-Jan-22 Widnes 15-Jan-22 Wigan 22-Jan-22 Aldwinians 29-Jan-22 Burnley 12-Feb-22 Didsbury Toc H 19-Feb-22 Liverpool Coll. 05-Mar-22 Fleetwood 12-Mar-22 19-Mar-22 Liverpool St. H 26-Mar-22 02-Apr-22 Oldham 09-Apr-22 Ormskirk 18-Apr-22 23-Apr-22 A 29 - 20L Warrington 2XV H HWM A 38 - 22L Crewe & Nantwich 2XV A Anselmians A 22 - 17L A 18 - 5L Didsbury Toc H 2XV Liverpool Uni. Vets. Knutsford H 13 - 10W Macclesfield 4XV H 18-Dec-21 West Park St. H. A Broughton Park 2XV Manchester 2XV H 15 - 23L A H 58 - 24W A A A PP HWM A 26 - 26D HA Results A 33 - 7L H 67 - 0W H 26 - 5W H 29 - 15W Altrincham Kersal 2XV A 34 - 19L H 24 - 37L H A H A H H A H A H Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Broughton Park 2XV Bowdon 2XV A H A H Warrington 2XV HWM Crewe & Nantwich 2XV H Anselmians Didsbury Toc H 2XV Liverpool Uni. Vets. H A H A Altrincham Kersal 2XV H
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Eccles Ladies 1. Sarah Williams 2. Maryam Patel 3. Karen Radbrand 4. Leah Christian 5. Siobhan Mullen 6. Helena Ryan 7. Mollie Young 8. Emily Thomas 9. Freya Waterhouse 10. Helen Johnson 11. Jess Whiting 12. Rowanne Smalley 13. Evie Hancox 14. Rebecca Beech 15. Mollie Landers 16. Eto Wong 17. Katya Georgieva 18. Katie Roach Didsbury Toc H Ladies TBA Coach - James Wright TODAY’S REFEREE: JAMES WATSON - Madrefs TEAM SHEETS ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES Tables 2021-22 Season ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH 2 Sale 1861 Bishop Auckland Birkenhead Park Sheffield Manchester Didsbury Toc H Darlington Crewe & Nantwich Eccles PRELIM. D HALBRO NWL Kirkby Lonsdale Rossendale Eccles Sale Southport Altrincham Kersal SENIOR COLTS U18s CONF. F HALBRO NWL Whitchurch Rossendale Sale Crewe & Nantwich Eccles TBA GAMES P 7 6 6 6 6 6 2 6 5 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS SENIOR COLTS U18s GAMES P 5 5 5 5 5 5 GAMES P 3 2 3 2 2 0 ECCLES JUNIOR COLTS JUNIOR COLTS U17s PRELIM F HALBRO Aldwinians GAMES Glossop & Marple Eccles Clitheroe Broughton Park & TMV TBA 4 4 4 4 4 0 W 7 5 4 4 2 1 1 1 0 RESULTS D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 W 5 3 2 2 2 0 W 2 2 1 1 0 0 L 0 1 2 2 4 5 1 5 5 RESULTS D 0 0 1 0 0 1 RESULTS D 0 0 0 0 0 0 W 4 3 2 1 0 0 L 0 2 2 3 3 4 L 1 0 2 1 2 0 RESULTS D 0 0 0 0 0 0 L 0 1 2 3 4 0 POINTS F 226 179 237 172 117 115 20 55 34 TOTALS A 76 107 72 59 200 DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 150 72 165 113 -83 229 -114 60 -40 161 -106 191 -157 POINTS F 151 98 76 109 77 38 A 51 84 94 123 66 131 POINTS F 77 38 40 51 27 0 F 151 117 111 65 114 0 A 50 27 71 31 54 0 33 25 21 21 10 8 5 5 1 5 5 5 5 2 4 1 1 1 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 100 14 -18 -14 11 -93 25 18 15 14 13 7 0 1 0 1 1 0 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 27 11 -31 20 -27 0 POINTS A 79 74 161 97 147 0 11 10 8 7 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 72 43 -50 -32 -33 0 20 16 12 9 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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CLUB INFORMATION President - Mark Dutton Chairman - Chris Gaffey Honorary Secretary - Dave Nicholls Honorary Treasurer - Mike Bateman Fixtures Secretary - Don Edmondson Director of Rugby - Sam Simpson Safeguarding Officer - Heather Thorpe D of E Chairman - Mark Baines Mini & Junior Chairman - Dan Nicholls Junior Fixtures Secretary - Leeann Aspinall Ladies Captain - Rowanne Smalley Mens’ Captain - James Wright To play rugby Contact: Mens’ Head Coach Sam Simpson 07935 403171 Ladies Head Coach James Wright 07791 227616 Mini & Junior Chair Dan Nicholls 07789 202189 PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend, it seems a long time since we have seen a proper match. This is officially our 124th anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 74 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. It has been a strange year with everything that has been going on but the club has still been extremely busy. The money we raised through Crowdfunder, £40K+, has put us in an exciting position to commence several ground improvement projects, that we hope will be complete by Christmas. The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I am limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We can offer something for everyone including ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday nights at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshment, especially with our new friends from the First Chop Brewery. Mark Dutton // Eccles RFC President
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME A warm welcome to all our supporters and visitors at Eccles RFC today. We’re now into the second month of the new season and all our Mens, Ladies, Colts, Junior and Minis teams are in the full swing of competitive league games and cup competitions each weekend. Although the long suspension of activity during the Covid lockdown feels like a distant memory, around the Lancashire Rugby Community it still appears that Senior Rugby is still struggling to recover and find its feet with many players not returning to their previous regular weekly commitment. Here at Eccles, with enormous effort behind the scenes, we’ve succeeded so far in fielding two Mens teams (and occasionally three) to fulfil our Mens Rugby fixtures. This is not the case for all clubs in this region. Our original opponents today would have been Burnley RUFC who, as a result of player loss leaving them with a squad unable to compete, have been demoted from the ADM Premier to the ADM 1st Division to take over similarly demoted Broughton’s fixtures. So, as a replacement for the Burnley fixture, I am delighted that our visitors from across the border have been able to accept our invitation, at very short notice, for this international friendly fixture! "Helo a chroeso i chwaraewyr a swyddogion Clwb Rygbi Wrecsam" Wrexham RFC will arrive by bus and I assume they’ll be looking forward to a good drink after the match! So, it’s just as well we have a brewery next door! Perfectly timed, this weekend our clubhouse bar is hosting a 'Tap Take Over' for our sponsor First Chop. Although I predict it’ll be lively post match Saturday evening in the club I trust there will be some beer remaining on Sunday when our Ladies welcome Sale 1861 to Gorton Street and our Junior Colts will be entertaining Clitheroe. I hope everyone enjoys the variety of First Chop ales on offer and, as always, I encourage you to share your opinions and photos on social media. The coronavirus pandemic has hit community rugby hard and many clubs across Britain are suffering from missing names from team sheets and facing uncertain prospects. Here at Eccles we will continue to believe in cultivating our own Homegrown talent and look to our well established thriving mini & junior section to provide our future 1XV players. This would not be possible of course without the continued dedicated commitment of our volunteers. Donating your time to support the club's growth can be very rewarding so if you’d like to get involved and put something back in to your community please do step forward. Whichever team you’re supporting this weekend, I hope you enjoy your match experience at Eccles and you keep returning throughout the season. All things prosper with effort. Let’s get stuck in! Chris Gaffey // Eccles RFC Chairman HEAD COACH NOTES Hello and a very warm welcome to everyone visiting Gorton Street this afternoon but especially to our travelling opposition and their supporters from Wrexham RFC and Sandbach RUFC. Today will see a mixed bag of Eccles RFC players representing the club against a Wrexham team in a very similar position, in a cross-boarder friendly after Eccles’s 1XV fixture against Burnley was scrapped in unfortunate circumstances following Burnley’s withdrawal from the league due to a lack of players. I do wish Burnley all the best in their rebuilding process and hope to see them back competing very soon. I’m looking forward to seeing what the Welshmen bring to the Gorton Street turf in this ‘international’ and enjoying a chat over a pint after the match. We also welcome Sandbach 3s from down the M56 today to take on Darren Thomasson’s Men. Everyone at the club is delighted to see a 3XV team being reformed, albeit on a monthly basis at present due to player availability. Our 3s will be looking for a better outcome after their last run out saw a defeat to local neighbours Trafford MV. Sam Simpson // Eccles RFC Director of Rugby
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SOCIAL EVENTS For the Weekend 15th to 17th October we will be celebrating local brewing with the support of our club sponsor First Chop, who are based just a few hundred yards from our ground on Gorton Street, Eccles. Saturday 16th – 'Tap Takeover' All hand pumps on our bar will be dedicated to beers from our club sponsor, First Chop. This will offer a wide range of beer types, some of which are not normally available on a hand pull. The proposed line up will be as follows: 1. CAL - a west coast IPA dry hopped with citra, a lovely pine filled beer with hints of grapefruit and a refreshing bitter finish. 2. ACE - a malt forward lager with assertive bitterness from the finest German noble hops, rounded out with subtle sweetness from the Vienna malt. 3. Oola – cherry stout-a lovely creamy oatmeal stout but with the added red berry and cherry aroma from fresh cherry puree, decadent and very moreish. 4. AVA – a traditional golden ale with a continental lager kick. A mashup of the finest Marris Otter pale malts from the UK and Slovenian Bobek Hops cultivated in Alpine waters to create a real thirst quencher for those late summer days. 5. USA - a west coast IPA; pine, resinous, off caramel colour with subtle sweet caramel flavours. 6. Cascade (single hop) - Earthy grapefruit vibes and a traditional English hop aroma. 7. JAM - a lovely pale ale with slight caramel sweetness, packed full of fruity American hops giving intense fresh mango flavours. Please note : The more you drink of the first 4 beers the quicker the remaining 3 beers will be brought on line. So drink up and support the club! Sunday 17th – Eccles Jnr Colts v Clitheroe (KO 12:30pm), Eccles Ladies v Sale (KO 2pm) With Junior fixtures in the morning, a mid-day Colts game (v Clitheroe KO 12:30pm) and Ladies game (v Sale KO 2pm) in the afternoon, the club bar will be open to offer eager thirsty Sunday supporters the opportunity to try the remaining First Chop Beers. Look out for special promotions to be held on the day. Martin Parkinson // Eccles RFC Brewing Liaison Officer
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ECCLES JUNIORS Spotlight on U11s Match report: The whole of the u11s family from players, coaches and parents were looking forward to our first game of the season to Preston Grasshoppers. The first quarter of the match was evenly contested. Both sets of lads using the ball well in attack as well as defending their try line. Eccles just needed a pep talk at the interval to remind the players of the good things they had learnt in training at the breakdown and to be more proactive. The second quarter saw Eccles pulling ahead in the game for the very first time in the match with some good line breaks from Seb and Max. Mackenzie’s power proved a vital weapon to the Eccles attack in this quarter. During the third quarter of the match we began to tire due to not having any subs to bring on as a fresh pair of legs. The lads tackled frantically and competed for every breakdown. Vincenzo and Leo for their size did very well in the rucks. Jesse’s tackling was superb. In this quarter the Hoppers pulled back to even. Mark Plumbridge rallied the lads during the last break before the last quarter. The lads gave everything they possibly could in the 10 mins. Caleb drew two defenders before off loading in a tackle which created a try for Max. In the dying minutes we defended our try line magnificently and forced a mistake from Preston. The game was won by Eccles by a single try. A special mention to Theo who played his very first game of rugby and was brilliant. Both Theo and Seb won parents player of the match. Thank you to all the players, spectators and coaches from both teams to help create a fantastic spectacle and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. Our U11s team is growing and improving each week. If anyone knows of any players who would love to give rugby a try, please get in touch with coach Pietro. Daniel Nicholls // Eccles RFC Mini & Junior Chairman ECCLES COLTS Eccles RFC Senior Colts line up with Fleetwood RFC Senior Colts before their Lancashire Cup fixture at Fleetwood on 26-09-2021 Eccles Senior Colts September Review At last! A return to Rugby! After our covid ‘year off’ the U18s were delighted to finally get a chance to play competitive Colts Rugby. The season this year is split into 2 parts, an initial 5 match Prelim League, followed by a 10 match home & away conference. Clubs will be seeded into conferences based on their Preliminary league performance. We also have county and league cup competitions to look forward to. We started well with a great home win against a strong Sale team and came back to snatch a late win against Rossendale with 3 tries in the last 9 minutes. The only blot on our record so far was an away defeat at Kirkby Lonsdale where we were only 13 against a squad of 22. But at least the lads got the full Rugby Travel Experience – the less said about the coach trip back the better…. We also started our Lancashire Cup campaign with a 19 - 57 away win at Fleetwood. Next round will be a home fixture against Littleborough in a month’s time which I’m sure will be a far tougher test. However, the season has been overshadowed by the tragic loss of Gail Russell, mother to our stalwart prop, Harvey. Gail was a fixture on the Eccles touchline, normally with her husband Craig and Harvey’s twin brothers, Daniel & Robert. Gail was always keen to help the team and nothing was too much trouble. We never wanted for half time oranges with Gail and she was always first to volunteer for any task. Gail sadly passed away on the 9th of September. Report by Andy Connell, Eccles U18 Colts Manager.
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ECCLES LADIES Our ladies section welcome newly promoted Sale 1861 to Gorton street for their first home game of the season. Sale come off the back of a promotion winning season last time out and have made a great start to their league campaign, they will prove a real test for our ladies. After a disappointing start against a very experienced Manchester side. The ladies are hoping that home advantage and a bolstered squad serves as the final pieces of the puzzle for our first win of the season. After two very physical weeks of training lots has been learnt and taught, as our squad continues to swell the pool of knowledge, talent and experience deepens. It is testament to our club and our outstanding Womens and Girls section that the numbers of female players is growing in all sections. Eccles RFC has always championed our ladies section treating them with the same respect as a first team men's section this faith and forward thinking has allowed us to grow to a centre for women's rugby in Greater Manchester. A special mention this week must go to our recently injured fly half and all round good guy Georgia Cunliffe. Georgia is a product of our junior section and has been playing in the 1XV since her 17th birthday. She is a constant source of good humour and creativity, a real asset to any team and we are very lucky to have her. Unfortunately she is likely to spend quite some time on the sidelines, but we want her to know that her 1XV shirt is hung up on the peg waiting for her whenever she is ready to return. Get well soon G. If you are ready to take the next step up in your rugby career, ready to try something new or have been looking at those old boots thinking I've still got a bit in me then come down to Eccles RFC because Eccles Ladies is the place for you. James Wright // Eccles RFC Ladies Head Coach WALKING RUGBY Numbers attending Walking rugby at Eccles are slightly down in the past few weeks due to self-isolating and some very poor weather. We do however have four new members to the group - a mum of a Junior player, two former senior players and a new recruit who heard about us from a friend. Eccles RFC were one of the first clubs in the region to embrace Walking Rugby and our group remain the largest to date. We are now approaching our 2nd year and until the Covid lockdown in March our activities had been continual. We recommenced Walking Rugby activities on the 7th of September and had 19 participants at the first session. This response is a good reflection of our group of guys and gals who have a strong bond, turn up regularly, and play enthusiastically every Monday evening at 7.00pm, on the 3G pitch, regardless of the weather conditions. Our challenge in the months ahead will be to re-instate the momentum we had gained and get our Walking back up to speed! The game itself encompasses a touch tackle rule so we’re within the RFU guidelines, and we’re also coming to terms with the necessary technology to make registration and playing possible ( we also keep a paper record of participants for those who are not smart phone savvy) We keep in touch through our own What's-app group and new players from within the club are always welcome so why not give it a try! To join the Walkers call me on 07747 570345 Alan Bent // Eccles RFC Walking Rugby
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DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD The Gold Award Team at Buckingham Palace The DofE award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving 14-24 year olds who wish to take up the challenge, the opportunity to strive to be the best they can be and gain the confidence to believe anything they put their mind to is possible. The programme takes between one and four years to complete and is recognised and valued by employers and universities alike. Eccles RFC were the first rugby club in the UK to offer the DofE award programme to its players. The scheme was established in honour of Christopher Tickle who was posthumously awarded the DofE Gold Award by HRH Prince Phillip in 2010. Since 2011, the club’s young people have achieved over 100 Bronze awards, over 60 Silver awards and 48 prestigious Gold Awards – a testament to the hard work and dedication of the participants and the Eccles team of volunteer leaders. The DofE programme is a journey of adventure and discovery that compliments the ethos of Rugby by rewarding teamwork, endeavour, physical activity, learning skills and community volunteering. To achieve an award a young person must show persistence, commitment, progress and personal development over a period of time. Every activity must be successfully completed and assessed. Activities take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. To commence a Bronze Award you must be aged 14+ years, 15+ years for Silver and 16+ years to start a Gold Award. For more details on the DofE at Eccles RFC and how to become involved check out the club website or email:baines.mark@virginmedia.com. Mark Baines, DofE Chair, Eccles RFC ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Eccles RFC 1950 Eccles Rugby Football Club was re-established 124 years ago in 1897 (following the great Northern Union schism of 1895) and has now worn its iconic Blue and White hooped shirt for 100 years. The hoops were first adopted in the aftermath of WWI, when the club had to rebuild with many of its new recruits playing with injuries suffered in the trenches. In its early days before the First World War, Eccles RFC played in green shirts and we believe this switch in colours was a tribute to fallen comrades in the Salford Pals Battalions. Overcoming adversity and recovering from enforced breaks in activity have been a feature of our club’s history. Between the wars the club lead a nomadic existence, playing at numerous grounds in the district before moving to our home here at at Gorton Street in 1948 when our changing facilities and clubhouse were a pair of second-hand Army Huts. According to our club records, it would appear that Eccles' first encounter with Wrexham did not go according to plan, as the match scheduled for 25th February, 1956 was cancelled, as as were all fixtures for that month. February 1956 was outstandingly cold in England and Wales, one of the coldest ever on record, with the mean temperature for the month below freezing, apparently falling to below -15 deg. C. in several places, persistent easterly winds, heavy snowfall, the sea freezing and cakes of ice piling up on the beach! 1957/57 Season - 29th Sept. 1XV lost 6-14 Away at Wrexham, 2XV Home won 22-6, 3XV Away lost 12-4. 23rd Feb 1957 1XV Home won 8-0, 3XV Home won 12-3. 1957/58 Season - 28th Sept. 1XV won Away at Wrexham. 1958/59 Season - 27th Sept. 1XV lost Away lost 8-26, 2XV Home won 12-9. 21st March 1XV Home won 12- 3. 1960/61 Season - 4th March 1XV Away lost 0-28, 2XV Home won. The fixtures between Eccles and Wrexham seem to end here, although there may have been matches that were arranged that were not recorded. From what we can see the two sides seem to be pretty evenly matched back then. Sheila Thomas // Eccles RFC historian GORTON STREET GAZETTE
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Tables 2021-22 Season ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION GAMES NORTH TWO WEST Didsbury Toc H Widnes West Park (St. Helens) Liverpool Collegiate Liverpool St. Helens Oldham Aldwinians Wigan Eccles Fleetwood Ormskirk Burnley RESULTS P W D L 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 4 ECCLES MEN 2XV NOWIRUL DIV. 2 HALBRO NW LEAGUES Broughton Park 2XV Macclesfield 3XV Warrington 2XV Knutsford Eccles 2XV Anselmians 2XV Crewe & Nantwich 2XV Didsbury Toc H 2XV Altrincham Kersal 2XV Liverpool Uni. Vets Bowdon 2XV Manchester 2XV TBA TBA POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS BP LBP ADJ 5 0 0 121 30 91 24 3 0 4 0 1 107 50 57 20 3 0 4 0 1 150 104 46 19 3 0 3 0 2 106 85 21 16 3 0 3 0 2 111 86 25 15 3 0 3 0 2 89 119 -30 13 1 0 2 0 2 78 79 -1 10 2 0 2 0 3 92 120 -28 9 2 0 3 102 142 -40 9 1 0 4 75 89 -14 7 0 0 5 70 162 -92 2 0 0 4 10 45 -35 0 1 0 1 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 GAMES RESULTS P W D L 4 4 4 5 4 4 4 3 3 4 3 4 0 0 POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 4 0 0 142 37 105 20 0 0 4 0 0 110 70 40 20 0 0 3 0 1 106 65 41 16 0 0 2 0 3 109 116 -7 15 2 0 2 0 2 119 72 47 12 0 0 2 0 2 51 79 -28 12 0 0 2 0 2 86 126 -40 12 0 0 1 0 2 77 61 16 8 1 0 2 88 97 -9 7 1 0 3 51 83 -32 7 1 0 2 45 33 12 6 0 0 4 29 174 -145 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 ECCLES MENS TABLES MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Mens 1XV 28-Aug-21 Burnley - CUP 04-Sep-21 Ormskirk HA Results H 77 - 15W A 36 - 7L Mens 2XV A 22 - 24W Bowdon 2XV 11-Sep-21 West Park St. H. H 22 - 40L Manchester 2XV 18-Sep-21 Widnes 25-Sep-21 Warrington 2XV 02-Oct-21 Wigan 09-Oct-21 Aldwinians 16-Oct-21 Burnley 23-Oct-21 Didsbury Toc H 30-Oct-21 06-Nov-21 Liverpool Coll. 13-Nov-21 20-Nov-21 Liverpool St, H. 27-Nov-21 11-Dec-21 18-Dec-21 West Park St. H. A 24-Dec-21 28-Dec-21 31-Dec-21 08-Jan-22 Widnes 15-Jan-22 Wigan 22-Jan-22 Aldwinians 29-Jan-22 Burnley 12-Feb-22 Didsbury Toc H 19-Feb-22 Liverpool Coll. 05-Mar-22 Fleetwood 12-Mar-22 19-Mar-22 Liverpool St. H 26-Mar-22 02-Apr-22 Oldham 09-Apr-22 Ormskirk 18-Apr-22 23-Apr-22 A 29 - 20L Warrington 2XV H HWM A A A Didsbury Toc H 2XV Liverpool Uni. Vets. Knutsford Broughton Park 2XV Manchester 2XV H A H A A Crewe & Nantwich 2XV A Anselmians A HA Results A 33 - 7L H 67 - 0W H 26 - 5W H 29 - 15W Altrincham Kersal 2XV A 34 - 19L H 24 - 37L H A H A H H A H A H Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Broughton Park 2XV Bowdon 2XV A H A H Warrington 2XV HWM Crewe & Nantwich 2XV H Anselmians Didsbury Toc H 2XV Liverpool Uni. Vets. H A H A Altrincham Kersal 2XV H
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TEAM SHEETS Eccles Ladies 1. Sarah Williams 2. Eto Wong 3. Kaya Georgieva 4. Emily Thomas 5. Siobhan Mullen 6. Maryam Patel 7. Rebecca Roden 8. Mavis Tam 9. Freya Waterhouse 10. Helen Johnson 11. Rowanne Smalley 12. Sade Hingano 13. Victoria Kini 14. Jess Whitling 15. Mollie Landers 16. Holly Grimes 17. Rhianna Scott 18. Helena Ryan 19. Mia Williamson 20. Mollie Young 21. Katie Roach Sale 1861 Ladies TBA Coach-James Wright TODAY’S REFEREE: Dave Lilley (Madrefs) ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES Tables 2021-22 Season ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPION' GAMES NORTH 2 Sale 1861 Didsbury Toc H Sheffield Manchester Bishop Auckland H Darlington Birkenhead Park Eccles Crewe & Nantwich RESULTS P W D L 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS SENIOR COLTS U18s GAMES PRELIM D HALBRO Kirkby Lonsdale Rossendale Southport Sale Eccles Altrincham POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 2 0 0 56 34 22 10 2 0 1 0 1 65 44 21 7 1 0 1 36 39 -3 6 1 0 1 62 51 11 5 1 0 0 31 24 1 0 0 20 15 0 0 1 7 5 8 12 -4 5 5 1 0 0 1 24 50 -26 1 0 0 2 30 63 -33 1 3 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 RESULTS P W D L 4 4 4 4 4 4 ECCLES JUNIOR COLTS JUNIOR COLTS U17s GAMES PRELIM D HALBRO Aldwinians Glossop & Marple Clitheroe Eccles Broughton Park & TMV TBA 4 3 3 3 3 0 POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 4 0 0 127 48 79 20 0 0 2 0 2 72 62 10 13 1 0 2 0 2 74 42 32 12 1 0 2 0 2 87 97 -10 12 0 0 2 0 2 69 87 -18 12 0 0 0 0 4 31 124 -93 4 0 0 RESULTS W D L F POINTS TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 4 0 0 151 79 72 20 0 0 2 0 1 81 57 24 11 0 0 1 0 2 53 64 -11 8 1 0 2 78 149 -71 7 0 0 3 97 111 -14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
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CLUB INFORMATION President - Mark Dutton Chairman - Chris Gaffey Honorary Secretary - Dave Nicholls Honorary Treasurer - Mike Bateman Fixtures Secretary - Don Edmondson Director of Rugby - Sam Simpson Safeguarding Officer - Heather Thorpe D of E Chairman - Mark Baines Mini & Junior Chairman - Dan Nicholls Junior Fixtures Secretary - Leeann Aspinall Ladies Captain - Rowanne Smalley Mens’ Captain - James Wright To play rugby Contact: Mens’ Head Coach Sam Simpson 07935 403171 Ladies Head Coach James Wright 07791 227616 Mini & Junior Chair Dan Nicholls 07789 202189 PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend, it seems a long time since we have seen a proper match. This is officially our 124th anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 74 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. It has been a strange year with everything that has been going on but the club has still been extremely busy. The money we raised through Crowdfunder, £40K+, has put us in an exciting position to commence several ground improvement projects, that we hope will be complete by Christmas. The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I am limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We can offer something for everyone including ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday nights at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshment, especially with our new friends from the First Chop Brewery. Mark Dutton // Eccles RFC President
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME A warm welcome to all our supporters and visitors at Eccles RFC today. We’re already a month into the new season with three fixtures under the belt for all three of our Senior teams and with our Ladies, Colts, Junior and Minis teams also enjoying competitive games each weekend, the long suspension of rugby during the Covid lockdown is beginning to feel like a distant memory. Our 1XV men started their campaign in a positive fashion with an away win at Ormskirk, but since then have struggled to score tries and secure victories against West Park St Helens and Widnes. They’ll be looking for an improved performance today against Wigan who arrive at Gorton Street in similar form to Eccles with 1 win and 2 losses from their opening fixtures in the ADM Premier Division. Our 2XV meanwhile have a well earned day off today, having achieved back to back confident victories over Manchester 2s and Warrington 2s and our newly invigorated 3XV also enjoyed a home win last weekend over Aspull so I hope to see many of them down at the club today ‘encouraging’ their team mates from the touchline and balcony today. Our ability to field three teams at all in the current playing climate is something we should celebrate and is due in no small part to the enormous weekly personal effort that goes on, off the field and behind the scenes, from our Director of Rugby, Club Captain, Fixture Secretary, Fossills ground crew and numerous Committee Members to get teams assembled, games organised, referees arranged, pitches and changing facilities ready so players can enjoy rugby. The disruption of the coronavirus pandemic has certainly hit community rugby hard with many players failing to return to their clubs or renew their previous commitment. Following the news of a collapse at Broughton it was announced this week that Burnley too have dropped out of the league due to a lack of players. My conversations with other local club officials leads me to believe that Eccles are not the only club missing many of our experienced names from team sheets and facing a weekly wrestle to raise teams. We have to accept that players no longer wish to or are able to play every Saturday and inconsistent availability on a weekly basis will result in inconsistent team line ups and results. A positive outcome of this situation for Eccles has meant a very youthful 1XV with many of our homegrown former colts stepping up for their first taste of first team rugby in a Navy and White hooped shirt and it’s an exciting time for us as we look to the fruits of our own well established mini & junior section to become our future home-grown talent. Age grade rugby at numerous North West clubs appears to be struggling, but the effort we invested here at Eccles during the lockdown to keep players active and engaged is paying off with increasing numbers of new recruits being reported every Sunday from many of our teams and our U16s and Colts teams playing exciting attacking wining rugby. As always, non of this would be possible without the continued effort and dedicated commitment of a very small group of over burdened volunteers. Donating your time to support the club's growth can be very rewarding so if you’d like to get involved and put something back in please do step forward. I look forward to seeing you all in the bar after the match, where you can enjoy a glass of first class ale from our match sponsor and local brewer First Chop. I hope you enjoy your match experience here today and you keep returning throughout the season to support our teams. All things prosper with effort. Let’s get stuck in! Chris Gaffey // Eccles RFC Chairman HEAD COACH NOTES Hello and welcome to Gorton Street on this fine Saturday afternoon! Today Eccles RFC’s men welcome Wigan RUFC in a 10th v 9th position ADM Premier Division clash. The Eccles playing squad has started the season tested to the absolute maximum with a huge injury list not being helped by constant turning tables in player selection forced by player availability being massively sporadic. This said Eccles have still played some extremely attractive rugby in all competitive fixtures so far in the 2021/22 season, however a consistent performance has for some reason alluded every group which has graced the first team field so far this season, which has left the team with 1 win from 3 outings. Wigan, coached by former Scottish International Hooker Martin Scott, sit above Eccles in 9th place but I’m sure they themselves will not be happy with that or the heavy losses in the 1st & 3rd rounds to Didsbury Toc H & Aldwinians RUFC, so today seems like a great opportunity for both clubs to look at getting things right, where they previously haven’t, which should make for a fantastic spectacle for the die hard supporters and may make for some edgy watching! Personally, I’m really looking forward to seeing my old Gaffer Scottie & welcoming him to my childhood club, Martin Scott was my Forwards Coach at Fylde when I first started my competitive senior career and he was one of a few which left an everlasting impression on me as a player and I’m sure as a coach. I’ll see you at the bar afterwards pal. Sam Simpson // Eccles RFC Director of Rugby
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SOCIAL EVENTS Many thanks to everyone at the club who supported our Macmillan coffee morning at the club last weekend, which raised an incredible and best-ever total of £929.45 for macmillan cancer support We're very grateful to all who you gave so generously, including all the baking donations and all the volunteers who manned the stall. A huge well done to former Ladies Captain Shelley Maddocks for organising the event and continuing to drive this annual event to new heights of success every year. At the beginning of the month our long awaited limited edition Eccles RFC Heritage Shirts arrived. There are still a few shirts that remain uncollected. Please contact Hilary to make arrangements to pick yours up before it joins the '100 years of Hoops’ washing line on the balcony! Up Coming Social Events for October Saturday 9th October - 2XV at home v Warrington (cup) KO 15:00, followed by Super League Grand Final @ 18:00 Friday 15th – Tutored Tasting Evening. See web site & book your place, limited numbers. Saturday 16th – 1XV team fixture (TBC) plus a post match First Chop 'Tap Takeover' with all hand pumps being dedicated to beers from the club sponsor, whose Brewery is located just 500m away down Gorton Street. This will offer a wide range of ales, some of which are not normally available on a hand pull. Sunday 17th – Eccles Jnr Colts v Clitheroe (KO 12:30), Eccles Ladies v Sale (KO 14:30). With Junior fixtures in the morning, a mid-day Colts game and Ladies to finish off, a busy day at the club with the remaining First Chop Beers available to the eager thirsty supporters. Look out for special promotions on the day. Saturday 30th October - Halloween Night Party – keep your eyes on the club web site for details of the Horror Show that awaits. Up Coming Social Events for December Plans are underway for a Festive Fossils Night Out and Saturday 18th December has been pencilled for our Annual Christmas Brass Band Carol Concert - everyone welcomed and all to be confirmed. Dave Nicholls // Eccles RFC Hon. Secretary.
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ECCLES JUNIORS The mighty Minis & Juniors returned on Sunday morning in the glorious sunshine at Gorton Street. Building on the successes of the 20/21 season, our Mini managers and coaches welcomed 40 little people onto our awesome AstroTurf facilities and much fun was had! This included 13 brand new members to the club, forming our new under 5s team and next crop of talent. The U7s and 8s boasted 37 players in week 1 and an extended coaching team this season. Welcome to Sam and Lloyd who were introduced to old favourites 'Chasing Tails' and 'Rolling Rocks! They then dived straight into game-based play and competed across 4 pitches as we prepare Gorton Street to become the fortress of tag rugby once again. The U9s, 10s and 11s boasted some eager new members and set about re-learning to tackle. The 'Tower of Power' settled the boys back into some old habits and tackle techniques. Welcome to coach Judo John here. Many new members left munching hot dogs and boasting 'Trainer of the Week' medals glinting in the midday sun. Building on their Summer training camp, our 12s and 13s boys and girls were practicing the principles of game-based play whilst enjoying a tackling skills zone around wrapping the arms and chopping in the tackle. Our U14s boys are looking dangerous after working on some technicalities of the scrum and mirroring some of the 1st team backs move - watch this space! Finally, our U16s notched up an impressive 24-5 pre-season win against Heaton Moor under our Friday night lights! A big statement at the beginning of a big season for them. See you in week 2! Daniel Nicholls // Eccles RFC Mini & Junior Chairman ECCLES COLTS Eccles RFC Senior Colts line up with Fleetwood RFC Senior Colts before their Lancashire Cup fixture at Fleetwood last Sunday Eccles Senior Colts September Review At last! A return to Rugby! After our covid ‘year off’ the U18s were delighted to finally get a chance to play competitive Colts Rugby. The season this year is split into 2 parts, an initial 5 match Prelim League, followed by a 10 match home & away conference. Clubs will be seeded into conferences based on their Preliminary league performance. We also have county and league cup competitions to look forward to. We started well with a great home win against a strong Sale team and came back to snatch a late win against Rossendale with 3 tries in the last 9 minutes. The only blot on our record so far was an away defeat at Kirkby Lonsdale where we were only 13 against a squad of 22. But at least the lads got the full Rugby Travel Experience – the less said about the coach trip back the better…. We also started our Lancashire Cup campaign with a 19 - 57 away win at Fleetwood. Next round will be a home fixture against Littleborough in a month’s time which I’m sure will be a far tougher test. However, the season has been overshadowed by the tragic loss of Gail Russell, mother to our stalwart prop, Harvey. Gail was a fixture on the Eccles touchline, normally with her husband Craig and Harvey’s twin brothers, Daniel & Robert. Gail was always keen to help the team and nothing was too much trouble. We never wanted for half time oranges with Gail and she was always first to volunteer for any task. Gail sadly passed away on the 9th of September. Report by Andy Connell, Eccles U18 Colts Manager.
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ECCLES LADIES Eccles Ladies travelled to Manchester FC to open their 2021/22 campaign, a famously physical side with a lot of experience would prove a real challenge for this young growing side. Eccles could call upon a squad of 21 competitive standard players a huge achievement in this current climate and a win before KO in my opinion. The game would stretch out and prove a step too far this time but the score was by no means a true reflection of the performance. Eccles we're dogged defensively and showed glimmers of attacking brilliance throughout. A huge step in the right direction and something that this group can really use as a foundation to grow. Outstanding and selfless performances from Molly Young, Leah Christian, Sarah Williams and Vik Kini showed once again what it means to be an Eccles Lady. The characteristics of our past successes are starting to develop again; a rock solid set piece, furious defensive desire and true desire to go to war with our teammates. It is only a matter of time before this group starts to get the results it deserves. We would love to see you down at the club next Sunday to see how far we have come. James Wright // Eccles RFC Ladies Head Coach WALKING RUGBY Numbers attending Walking rugby at Eccles are slightly down in the past few weeks due to self-isolating and some very poor weather. We do however have four new members to the group - a mum of a Junior player, two former senior players and a new recruit who heard about us from a friend. Eccles RFC were one of the first clubs in the region to embrace Walking Rugby and our group remain the largest to date. We are now approaching our 2nd year and until the Covid lockdown in March our activities had been continual. We recommenced Walking Rugby activities on the 7th of September and had 19 participants at the first session. This response is a good reflection of our group of guys and gals who have a strong bond, turn up regularly, and play enthusiastically every Monday evening at 7.00pm, on the 3G pitch, regardless of the weather conditions. Our challenge in the months ahead will be to re-instate the momentum we had gained and get our Walking back up to speed! The game itself encompasses a touch tackle rule so we’re within the RFU guidelines, and we’re also coming to terms with the necessary technology to make registration and playing possible ( we also keep a paper record of participants for those who are not smart phone savvy) We keep in touch through our own What's-app group and new players from within the club are always welcome so why not give it a try! To join the Walkers call me on 07747 570345 Alan Bent // Eccles RFC Walking Rugby
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DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD The Gold Award Team at Buckingham Palace The DofE award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving 14-24 year olds who wish to take up the challenge, the opportunity to strive to be the best they can be and gain the confidence to believe anything they put their mind to is possible. The programme takes between one and four years to complete and is recognised and valued by employers and universities alike. Eccles RFC were the first rugby club in the UK to offer the DofE award programme to its players. The scheme was established in honour of Christopher Tickle who was posthumously awarded the DofE Gold Award by HRH Prince Phillip in 2010. Since 2011, the club’s young people have achieved over 100 Bronze awards, over 60 Silver awards and 48 prestigious Gold Awards – a testament to the hard work and dedication of the participants and the Eccles team of volunteer leaders. The DofE programme is a journey of adventure and discovery that compliments the ethos of Rugby by rewarding teamwork, endeavour, physical activity, learning skills and community volunteering. To achieve an award a young person must show persistence, commitment, progress and personal development over a period of time. Every activity must be successfully completed and assessed. Activities take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. To commence a Bronze Award you must be aged 14+ years, 15+ years for Silver and 16+ years to start a Gold Award. For more details on the DofE at Eccles RFC and how to become involved check out the club website or email:baines.mark@virginmedia.com. Mark Baines, DofE Chair, Eccles RFC ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Eccles RFC 1XV 1924 Eccles Rugby Football Club was re-established 124 years ago in 1897 (following the great Northern Union rugby schism of 1895) in 1897 and has now worn its iconic Blue and White hooped shirt for 100 years. The hoops were first adopted in the aftermath of WWI, when the club had to rebuild with many of its new recruits running out to play at Stott Lane with injuries suffered in the trenches. In its early days before the First World War, Eccles RFC had played in green shirts and we believe this switch in colours was a tribute to fallen comrades in the Salford Pals Battalions. Overcoming adversity and recovering from enforced breaks in activity have been a feature of our club’s history. The pitch at Stott Lane suffered from drainage issues and for the early 1920s the club lead a nomadic existence, playing at Alder Forest and then Barton Lane with changing facilites at the Kings Head Hotel, close to the swing bridge. In 1925 the club moved once again to land owned by Mr Farnworth at Bromyhurst Farm, Redclyffe Road, Davyhulme, on the opposite bank of the ship canal, behind All Saints RC church and facing Barton Power Station. Eccles quickly established themselves in their new home and a second-hand hut was purchased with 4 dressing rooms, a hot water bolier and a bath installed within the season. GORTON STREET GAZETTE According to club records, it would appear that Eccles first played Wigan Old Boys (as they were then known) on 27th February,1926. The match report in the Eccles Journal shows the score, Eccles 3 v Wigan O.B. 18 remarking the game was "played in driving rain which was reflected in the attendance at Redclyffe Road". Amongst the Eccles players mentioned for their good play were W. H. Butler (Walter) and B. G. Butler (Benjamin) - and here they are sitting cross-legged centre and far right with their brother, George, on the left. Standing are the three Dixon brothers. Two sets of three brothers playing in the 1920s. Back: N Shaw, W Dixon, F Chappel, Seddon. Middle: Shephead, A Featherstone, J Brindle, P Smith (Captain.), H Maddocks, Brown, LM? (possibly HL Meredith) . Front: J Dickinson, A Houlton, T Wallwork, F Townsend. Sheila Thomas, Eccles RFC Historian
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Tables 2021-22 Season ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION GAMES NORTH TWO WEST Didsbury Toc H Liverpool St. Helens West Park (St. Helens) Oldham Fleetwood Liverpool Collegiate Widnes Aldwinians Wigan Eccles Ormskirk Burnley RESULTS P W D L 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 3 3 3 1 ECCLES MEN 2XV NOWIRUL DIV. 2 HALBRO NW LEAGUES Broughton Park 2XV Macclesfield 3XV Warrington 2XV Anselmians 2XV Didsbury Toc H 2XV Bowdon 2XV Knutsford Manchester 2XV Altrincham Kersal 2XV Liverpool Uni. Vets TBA TBA POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS BP LBP ADJ 3 0 0 96 27 69 14 2 0 3 0 0 80 37 43 14 2 0 2 0 1 79 67 12 10 2 0 2 0 1 54 58 -4 9 1 0 2 75 57 18 6 1 0 2 58 72 -14 6 1 0 1 51 36 15 5 1 0 1 46 34 12 5 1 0 2 70 91 -21 5 1 0 2 53 98 -45 4 0 0 3 49 99 -50 1 0 0 1 10 45 -35 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 GAMES RESULTS P W D L 4 4 Crewe & Nantwich 2XV 4 Eccles 2XV 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 2 2 0 0 POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 4 0 0 142 37 105 20 0 0 4 0 0 110 70 40 20 0 0 2 0 2 86 126 -40 12 0 0 2 0 1 100 38 62 11 0 0 2 0 1 75 60 15 11 0 0 2 0 1 46 48 -2 11 0 0 1 0 2 77 61 16 8 1 0 1 33 7 26 5 0 0 3 62 94 -32 5 0 0 3 24 143 -119 4 0 0 2 54 78 -24 2 0 0 2 10 57 -47 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ECCLES MENS TABLES MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV 28-Aug-21 Burnley - CUP 04-Sep-21 Ormskirk HA Results H 77 - 15W A 36 - 7L Mens 2XV A 22 - 24W Bowdon 2XV 11-Sep-21 West Park St. H. H 22 - 40L Manchester 2XV 18-Sep-21 Widnes 25-Sep-21 Warrington 2XV 02-Oct-21 Wigan 09-Oct-21 Aldwinians 16-Oct-21 Burnley 23-Oct-21 Didsbury Toc H 30-Oct-21 06-Nov-21 Liverpool Coll. 13-Nov-21 20-Nov-21 Liverpool St, H. 27-Nov-21 11-Dec-21 18-Dec-21 West Park St. H. A 24-Dec-21 28-Dec-21 31-Dec-21 08-Jan-22 Widnes 15-Jan-22 Wigan 22-Jan-22 Aldwinians 29-Jan-22 Burnley 12-Feb-22 Didsbury Toc H 19-Feb-22 Liverpool Coll. 05-Mar-22 Fleetwood 12-Mar-22 19-Mar-22 Liverpool St. H 26-Mar-22 02-Apr-22 Oldham 09-Apr-22 Ormskirk 18-Apr-22 23-Apr-22 H A H A A A Didsbury Toc H 2XV Liverpool Uni. Vets. Knutsford Broughton Park 2XV Manchester 2XV H A H A A HA Results A 33 - 7L H 67 - 0W H 26 - 5W Altrincham Kersal 2XV A Warrington 2XV H Crewe & Nantwich 2XV A Anselmians A H A H A H H A H A H Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Broughton Park 2XV Bowdon 2XV A H A H Warrington 2XV A Altrincham Kersal 2XV H Crewe & Nantwich 2XV H Anselmians Didsbury Toc H 2XV Liverpool Uni. Vets. H A H
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100 YEARS OF HOOPS The second photo. First, the names of the 1stXV October 1976 - Standing - Eddie Griffiths, Jeff Crompton, Andy Brunt, John Crowder, John Brunt, John Kinson, Jeff Pennington, Brian Griffiths. Kneeling - Danny Williams, Dave Hunt, Greg Smith, Chris Summerton, Trevor Howarth, Phil Hayes, Martin Cooke. 50 years ago - 16th September 1971 - reported that Eccles RFC fly-half Phil Hayes was playing in a Lancashire trial game at Old Bedians ground. He had been Captain of the Eccles Colts team 1968/1969 and 1969/70. During the 1971/72 Season Eccles were fielding four Senior teams and a Colts team. From the Journal, "Eccles are able to field five teams each weekend with comparative ease. They got a morale boost on Saturday when four teams returned handsome victories. The Colts team was narrowly beaten by a strong Preston Grasshoppers side". Sheila Thomas, Eccles RFC historian ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES Tables 2021-22 Season ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPION' GAMES NORTH 2 Manchester Sale 1861 Bishop Auckland Darlington Didsbury Toc H Sheffield Crewe & Nantwich Eccles Birkenhead Park RESULTS P W D L 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS SENIOR COLTS U18s GAMES PRELIM D HALBRO Kirkby Lonsdale Eccles Rossendale Sale Southport Altrincham RESULTS P W D L 3 3 3 2 2 1 ECCLES JUNIOR COLTS JUNIOR COLTS U17s GAMES PRELIM D HALBRO Aldwinians Glossop & Marple Eccles Clitheroe TBA 3 3 2 2 Broughton Park & TMV 2 0 RESULTS W D L F POINTS TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 3 0 0 93 69 24 15 0 0 2 0 1 81 57 24 11 0 0 1 0 1 68 91 -23 6 0 0 2 53 64 -11 3 0 0 2 97 111 -14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 3 0 2 89 36 53 15 0 0 2 0 1 61 70 -9 11 0 0 1 0 2 46 62 -16 8 1 0 1 34 40 -6 0 0 2 17 22 -5 0 0 1 6 2 0 17 -17 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 POINTS F TOTALS 1 0 0 50 24 26 5 1 0 0 29 22 1 0 0 31 24 1 0 0 20 15 7 7 5 0 0 1 22 29 -7 0 0 1 24 31 -7 0 0 1 15 20 -5 0 0 0 5 5 5 2 2 1 0 0 1 24 50 -26 1 0 0 0 0 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
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CLUB INFORMATION President - Mark Dutton Chairman - Chris Gaffey Honorary Secretary - Dave Nicholls Honorary Treasurer - Mike Bateman Fixtures Secretary - Don Edmondson Director of Rugby - Sam Simpson Safeguarding Officer - Heather Thorpe D of E Chairman - Mark Baines Mini & Junior Chairman - Dan Nicholls Junior Fixtures Secretary - Leeann Aspinall Ladies Captain - Rowanne Smalley Mens’ Captain - James Wright To play rugby Contact: Mens’ Head Coach Sam Simpson 07935 403171 Ladies Head Coach James Wright 07791 227616 Mini & Junior Chair Dan Nicholls 07789 202189 PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend, it seems a long time since we have seen a proper match. This is officially our 124th anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 74 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. It has been a strange year with everything that has been going on but the club has still been extremely busy. The money we raised through Crowdfunder, £40K+, has put us in an exciting position to commence several ground improvement projects, that we hope will be complete by Christmas. The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I am limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We can offer something for everyone including ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday nights at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshment, especially with our new friends from the First Chop Brewery. Mark Dutton // Eccles RFC President
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME A warm welcome to all our supporters and visitors at Eccles RFC today. At long last, after an 18-month suspension, it's great to finally have competitive Rugby fixtures back at Gorton Street, and not just one match to enjoy, but two! Our 1XV men will be looking to build on their positive start last Saturday at Ormskirk with a home victory in the ADM premier Division against West Park St Helens. I was especially proud of the youthful first team that took to the field last week, many of them former colts who I’ve had the pleasure of coaching, now stepping up to pull on for their first taste of senior rugby in an Eccles shirt. As we return from the disruption of Covid I’m sure many North West clubs will find that they are missing many experienced names from their team sheets and facing a weekly struggle to raise teams. Let's hope our rugby community is able to recover by attracting players back to the game. Here at Eccles, it’s an exciting time for us as we look to the fruits of our own deep rooted well established junior section to become the future home-grown talent of the club. The blending of youth and experience will also be a feature of our new 2XV team this season. Today the Eccles 2s will face Manchester Rugby Club who I am sure will provide a strong challenge for the points. Regardless of the results I look forward to seeing you all in the bar after the match, where you can enjoy a glass of first class ale from our match sponsor and local brewer First Chop. I hope you enjoy your match experience here today and you keep returning throughout the season to support our teams. All players (and referees) enjoy encouragement from the touchline. Please be generous with your appreciation. All things prosper with effort. Let’s get stuck in! Chris Gaffey // Eccles RFC Chairman HEAD COACH NOTES A very warm welcome to everyone visiting Gorton Street today. Eccles RFC play host to both West Park St Helens and Manchester Rugby Club for fixtures at 1st & 2nd team levels so we’ve a real action-packed afternoon ahead for you all. Eccles 1XV will be looking to build on last Saturday’s first half display against against Ormskirk, to guide them to a second win at the start of the 2021/22 season against today’s opposition West Park, who will be hoping to improve themselves after last weekend's defeat to our South Manchester neighbours Didsbury Toc H. Our 2XV team welcome Manchester 2s and injured Captain John Hibbert will be looking for a more consistent performance from his men after a strong first-half last weekend against Bowdon where Eccles lead 0-7 at the break. The Eccles men deserve credit for playing short a man for the full 40 against a Bowdon 15 with a revolving door of replacements and as fatigue set into the Eccles’s men’s legs late on the hosts were inevitably able to pile on the points resulting in a scoreline that didn’t fully reflect the game. The start of the season has been far from ideal, with Holidays, Music Festivals, injuries and other commitments all influencing player availability, preparation and team selection. However the strength in depth has been really good to see, especially from our young men stepping up to not only pull on the 1st XV shirt but actually make a significant contribution to the team success on the pitch. A mention here must go out to our former colts Jay Christey, Ryley Thornton, Daniel Reed, Tallis Keeler and Oliver White who in their first season of senior rugby have contributed hugely with their personal performances. # Homegrown Sam Simpson // Eccles RFC Director Of Rugby
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SOCIAL EVENTS Over the weekend of 20th to 22nd August, the club hosted the 10th Annual Eccles Beer & Gin Festival. With every Salford brewery represented, attendees were met with a dazzling array of cask ales, porters, stouts and ciders plus 40 different options of Gin for their approval. Friday night started things off with a 'meet the brewer' event, when our primary sponsor and neighbour, First Chop, sent down 3 of their brewers to talk us through production of their wonderful range and Salford Live broadcast an interview with Martin, Dave, James and Rowanne to the socialsphere on all things Eccles RFC. On Saturday, Chris and Don organised the inaugural '100 Years of Hoops’ Mens Rugby Tournament. With teams represented from the four quarters of our wonderful County. Leigh defeated Vale of Lune in a closely contested final to be the first winners of the cossetted trophy, the Eccles (Bucket) Cup! Our 'homegrown' musicians Moonlight Rumours lit up the Saturday evening, with their eclectic take on modern classics, (their words, not mine)!, as the record crowd found its dancing feet to bring a very successful and enjoyable day 2 to a conclusion, despite the rain. Sunday morning saw families turn up for one of Marie's famous brekkos. They were joined by a number of Saturday attendees, bleary eyed and a little the worse for wear, to enjoy a family fun day culminating in a cricket match involving kids, adults and numerous dogs ! What a weekend! Close to being our best ever Festival. We began with 21 firkins of beer in the cellar and were left with just over 1 firkin! Special thanks to all our sponsors, in particular First Chop, and our very small army of hard working volunteers. Well done and good health to Martin, Marie, Hilary and team who co-ordinated a well-oiled machine to deliver a seamless event to the well-oiled! Next year is the club’s 125th anniversary, so event planning is already underway for a really big one! Dave Nicholls // Eccles RFC Hon. Secretary
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ECCLES JUNIORS The mighty Minis & Juniors returned on Sunday morning in the glorious sunshine at Gorton Street. Building on the successes of the 20/21 season, our Mini managers and coaches welcomed 40 little people onto our awesome AstroTurf facilities and much fun was had! This included 13 brand new members to the club, forming our new under 5s team and next crop of talent. The U7s and 8s boasted 37 players in week 1 and an extended coaching team this season. Welcome to Sam and Lloyd who were introduced to old favourites 'Chasing Tails' and 'Rolling Rocks! They then dived straight into game-based play and competed across 4 pitches as we prepare Gorton Street to become the fortress of tag rugby once again. The U9s, 10s and 11s boasted some eager new members and set about re-learning to tackle. The 'Tower of Power' settled the boys back into some old habits and tackle techniques. Welcome to coach Judo John here. Many new members left munching hot dogs and boasting 'Trainer of the Week' medals glinting in the midday sun. Building on their Summer training camp, our 12s and 13s boys and girls were practicing the principles of game-based play whilst enjoying a tackling skills zone around wrapping the arms and chopping in the tackle. Our U14s boys are looking dangerous after working on some technicalities of the scrum and mirroring some of the 1st team backs move - watch this space! Finally, our U16s notched up an impressive 24-5 pre-season win against Heaton Moor under our Friday night lights! A big statement at the beginning of a big season for them. See you in week 2! Daniel Nicholls // Eccles RFC Mini & Junior Chairman ECCLES COLTS Junior Colts The sun was shining on the first outing this season for the under 17s as they travelled to face the combined force of Glossop & Marple. Struggling for numbers, full credit must go to the hosts who loaned players to Eccles so a meaningful game could take place. Eccles started well and showed great organisation and resilience in the face of some constant early pressure. Although Glossop scored early in the first quarter the match stayed at 7-0 for the majority of the first half, which finished with a fantastic solo effort from Matthew Reed 7-5. In the second half Glossop & Marple took the upper hand and scored four unanswered tries but the score in no way reflected the fantastic effort Eccles continued to put in. Which culminated in two ventures into the oppositions red zone which were brilliantly defended from two definite tries for Akeal Stewart. In the final quarter of the game Eccles finally got their just deserts with an amazing try from Finley Whitworth who had constantly broken the defence of a tiring Glossop and Marple. Eccles finished the stronger side with some huge tackles being put in right up to the final whistle; Tom Kemp certainly left his mark but unfortunately the final score was 36-10 in favour of Glossop and Marple. There were certainly some great signs of quality rugby which certainly inspires confidence of a successful season ahead. Senior Colts Eccles showed their attacking intent from the whistle and opened the scoring 6 mins in with a try from Henry Dutton and appeared to be in control of the game until they gifted a penalty in the middle of park, leading to a kick to the corner and the Sale forwards drive over to even the score. The remainder of the half continued to be played in Sale territory with Eccles failing to turn their possession and dominance into points. Eccles started the second half on fire, determined to cut out their own errors and increase the pressure on the Sale defence. Eccles played some great front foot rugby and attacked with agression. Tries from Louis and Duncan, converted by Will B pressed home the advantage. Fullback Henry was smashed in a tackle and left the field for treatment, Sale went on to score a try late in the game, but of no consequence to the result when Will B slotted a penalty to secure the W. Excting committed rugby and a well deserved victory for the senior colts who worked hard in the heat. Eccles had a strong set piece and were especially sucessful in the line out with Captain Tom Connell claiming or disrupting anything in the air. Improved discipline and depth in attack will see the colts notch up more wins than losses this season. Good start to the season. FT Eccles 23 - 12 Sale.
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ECCLES LADIES Good Afternoon and a warm welcome from our Women and Girls section at Eccles RFC. Whilst we have been enjoying the Men’s 1XV prompt return to rugby, we have spent our weeks preparing hard for our preseason games. Though we can’t wait to adorn our much loved navy and white hoops, we’re utilising the extra sessions to further refine our craft, whilst introducing some newer players to the tricks of the trade. After a solid block of training and preparation, we were ready to take to the pitch on the 5th of September to play our much anticipated first preseason friendly. Unfortunately, our planned opposition were unable to field a full team, and despite trying to find an alternative fixture, there were no teams available with a full complement of players. Although this was inevitably a disappointment to the girls, we planned a training session in place of the fixture to further embed our playing process. The lengths to which our girls will go to make themselves available for the team is admirable. We had a strong group of 18 players ready to face the late Summer sun. As the colts took to the first team pitch, we worked alongside them building our routines and structured play, ready for next weekend's away fixture. Individuals such as Sarah Williams and the Whailing girls girls had notable performances and are continually demonstrating their progress at training. Old friends Mavis Tam and Eto Ding have returned from Hong Kong, and showed a masterclass in tackle technique and defensive strategy. The session concluded on high spirits as we settled in to watch the colts secure victory over a well drilled Sale outfit. As a playing group, we have rallied from this anticlimax with a heightened sense of confidence; confidence in our ability to produce a full squad of high ability players, with the desire to commit and compete out on a Sunday. We will continue to work together as we strive to create stronger, fitter and more intelligent players. We’re excited to be able to show our dedicated supporters the fruits of our labour, and we look forward to seeing you up on the balcony cheering us on at the next home game. To any aspiring future ladies players, contact James Wright, Head Coach & Director of Women & Girls Rugby. Rowanne Smalley // Eccles RFC Ladies Captain WALKING RUGBY Numbers attending Walking rugby at Eccles are slightly down in the past few weeks due to self-isolating and some very poor weather. We do however have four new members to the group - a mum of a Junior player, two former senior players and a new recruit who heard about us from a friend. Eccles RFC were one of the first clubs in the region to embrace Walking Rugby and our group remain the largest to date. We are now approaching our 2nd year and until the Covid lockdown in March our activities had been continual. We recommenced Walking Rugby activities on the 7th of September and had 19 participants at the first session. This response is a good reflection of our group of guys and gals who have a strong bond, turn up regularly, and play enthusiastically every Monday evening at 7.00pm, on the 3G pitch, regardless of the weather conditions. Our challenge in the months ahead will be to re-instate the momentum we had gained and get our Walking back up to speed! The game itself encompasses a touch tackle rule so we’re within the RFU guidelines, and we’re also coming to terms with the necessary technology to make registration and playing possible ( we also keep a paper record of participants for those who are not smart phone savvy) We keep in touch through our own What's-app group and new players from within the club are always welcome so why not give it a try! To join the Walkers call me on 07747 570345 Alan Bent // Eccles RFC Walking Rugby
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DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD The Gold Award Team at Buckingham Palace The DofE award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving 14-24 year olds who wish to take up the challenge, the opportunity to strive to be the best they can be and gain the confidence to believe anything they put their mind to is possible. The programme takes between one and four years to complete and is recognised and valued by employers and universities alike. Eccles RFC were the first rugby club in the UK to offer the DofE award programme to its players. The scheme was established in honour of Christopher Tickle who was posthumously awarded the DofE Gold Award by HRH Prince Phillip in 2010. Since 2011, the club’s young people have achieved over 100 Bronze awards, over 60 Silver awards and 48 prestigious Gold Awards – a testament to the hard work and dedication of the participants and the Eccles team of volunteer leaders. The DofE programme is a journey of adventure and discovery that compliments the ethos of Rugby by rewarding teamwork, endeavour, physical activity, learning skills and community volunteering. To achieve an award a young person must show persistence, commitment, progress and personal development over a period of time. Every activity must be successfully completed and assessed. Activities take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. To commence a Bronze Award you must be aged 14+ years, 15+ years for Silver and 16+ years to start a Gold Award. For more details on the DofE at Eccles RFC and how to become involved check out the club website or email:baines.mark@virginmedia.com. Mark Baines, DofE Chair, Eccles RFC ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Eccles RFC 1950 Eccles Rugby Football Club was reestablished 124 years ago in 1897 and has now worn its iconic Blue and White hooped shirt for 100 years. The hoops were first adopted in the aftermath of WWI, when the club had to rebuild with many of its new recruits running out to play at Stott Lane with injuries suffered in the trenches. In its early days before the war, Eccles RFC had played in green shirts and we believe this switch in colours was a tribute to fallen comrades in the Salford Pals Battalions. Overcoming adversity, recovering from set backs and enforced breaks in activity have been a feature of our club’s history. The commencement of WW2 in September 1939, meant that the 1939-1940 season as scheduled never got under way. Eccles played a few away games against local teams as our home ground and pavilion at Redclyffe Road, Barton, were taken over by 356 AA Company (later known as 356 Searchlight Battery R.A.) for defence against Luftwaffe bombing. As players were called up to the services it became obvious that rugby would have to be abandoned. The war in Europe came to an end on 8th May, 1945 and, eight months later, on 25th January, 1946, an article appeared in the Eccles Journal stating, "Eccles R.F.C., whose activities discontinued at the outbreak of war with Germany, is to be revived. Players who were in any way associated with the club before the war, or who wish to play, are asked to attend a meeting on Friday, 8th February at rhe Cross Keys Hotel, Eccles,” A trial game took place on Saturday, 31st August where "several GORTON STREET GAZETTE newcomers showed distinct promise". The following Saturday the Eccles 1st XV played at home against Central Old Boys. Conditions were in favour of open play and the home side won by 29 points to 5 points. The Journal reported, "After a lapse of six years, Eccles commenced activities with a game versus Central O.B.”, Now that's what you call a break in play! Our visitors today, West Park St Helens RUFC, were formed in August 1947 at a meeting in the Black Bull pub. In 1948 Eccles RFC moved to Gorton Street and the first recorded match between the clubs appears to be in 1952 when the Eccles Captain was Harry Broomhead. The game at Eccles on 26th January 1951 was cancelled due to weather and West Park had the upper hand in the early encounters of 1st March 1952 West Park 21 v Eccles 5; 1st November, 1952 Eccles 5 v West Park 5. Which brings us neatly to today’s match. Our last league fixture at Gorton Street was on Saturday 4th March 2020 against Glossop. The outbreak of the Coronavirus brought the 2019-2020 season to an abrupt end and the following 2020-2021 season never materialised. Déjà vu. After a postponement of eighteen months, with fixtures now resumed for the 2021-2022 season, we are finally able to look forward to hosting regular competitive rugby once again. It’s been a long time, but thankfully not as long as that caused by the previous national crisis. Sheila Thomas, Eccles RFC historian & Chris Gaffey, Eccles RFC Chairman
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Tables 2021-22 Season ECCLES MEN 1XV ADM PREMIER DIVISION LANCS. RU LEAGUES Aldwinians Liverpool St. Helens Didsbury Toc H Eccles Oldham Fleetwood Ormskirk West Park (St. Helens) Widnes Burnley Liverpool Collegiate Wigan GAMES P 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 W 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 RESULTS D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 POINTS L 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 F 40 32 26 24 15 14 22 5 0 0 13 18 A 18 13 5 22 14 15 24 26 0 0 32 40 DIFF 22 19 21 2 1 -1 -2 -21 0 0 -19 -22 PTS 5 5 4 4 4 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 TOTALS TBP 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 LBP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ADJ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ECCLES MEN 2XV THE RIGHT BROKER DIVISION 2 SOUTH HALBRO NW LEAGUES Bowdon 2XV Warrington 2XV Broughton Park 2XV Macclesfield 3XV Didsbury Toc H 2XV Anselmians 2XV Crewe & Nantwich 2XV Eccles 2XV Liverpool University Vets. Manchester 2XV Knutsford Altrincham Kersal Cougars 2XV TBA TBA GAMES P 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 W 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 RESULTS D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 POINTS !"!#$% L 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 F 33 39 29 31 27 20 14 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 A 7 14 20 27 31 29 39 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 DIFF 26 25 9 4 -4 -9 -25 -26 0 0 0 0 0 0 PTS 5 5 5 5 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 TBP 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 LBP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ADJ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ECCLES MENS TABLES MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV 28-Aug-21 Burnley - CUP 04-Sep-21 Ormskirk HA Results H A 11-Sep-21 West Park St. H. H 18-Sep-21 Widnes 02-Oct-21 Wigan 09-Oct-21 Aldwinians 16-Oct-21 Burnley 23-Oct-21 Didsbury Toc H 30-Oct-21 06-Nov-21 Liverpool Coll. 13-Nov-21 20-Nov-21 LSH 27-Nov-21 04-Dec-21 Oldham 11-Dec-21 Fleetwood 18-Dec-21 West Park St. H. 08-Jan-22 Widnes 15-Jan-22 Wigan 22-Jan-22 Aldwinians 29-Jan-22 Burnley 12-Feb-22 Didsbury Toc H 19-Feb-22 Liverpool Coll. 05-Mar-22 Fleetwood 12-Mar-22 19-Mar-22 LSH 26-Mar-22 02-Apr-22 Oldham 09-Apr-22 Ormskirk 18-Apr-22 23-Apr-22 A H A H A A H A H A H A H A H H A H Knutsford 2XV A H Macclesfield 3XV Broughton Park 2XV Bowden 2XV A H A H Didsbury Toc H 2XV Liverpool Uni. Vets Knutsford Macclesfield 3XV Broughton Park 2XV Manchester 2XV Warrington 2XV A A H A H A A Altrincham Kersal 2XV H Crewe & Nantwich 2XV H Anselmians 2XV Didsbury Toc H 2XV Liverpool Uni. Vets. H A H Mens 2XV 22 - 24W 77 - 15W Bowden 2XV Manchester 2XV Warrington 2XV HA Results A H H Altrincham Kersal 2XV A Warrington 2XV Crewe & Nantwich 2XV A Anselmians 2XV A H 33 - 7L
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Eccles 2XV Manchester 2XV 2021/22 playing squad Anthony Dutta Callum Burns Chris Cunliffe # Dale Hughes Daniel McManus # Daniel Cook David Smith # Declan O'Regan # Gareth Conlon Gareth Hession Javi Mazanares Jimmy McGuigan # John Hibbert John Wailing Jonno Mitchell Joseph Molloy # Josh Kilby # Josh Dowling Luke Jones Mat Swain Mathew Twigg # Max Mulligan # Naithan Ariane # Rory Mcgrath # Ross Eaton # Sean Baines # Thomas Mayo # Tim Balogun # Tom Sleeman Wesley Chiriseri # #Home-Grown at Eccles RFC 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. TBA TODAY’S REFEREE: Sandy Roberts (Madrefs) TEAM SHEETS ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES Tables 2021-22 Season ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH 2 Birkenhead Park Ladies Manchester Ladies Darlington Ladies Didsbury Ladies Eccles Ladies Sheffield Ladies Sal 1861 Ladies Bishop Auckland Ladies GAMES P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 RESULTS D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS SENIOR COLTS (U 18's) PRELIM D NW HALBRO COLTS Kirby Lonsdale Eccles Sale FC Rossendale Altrincham Kersal Southport GAMES P 1 1 1 1 0 0 W 1 1 0 0 0 0 POINTS L 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 DIFF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 PTS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TOTALS TBP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 LBP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ADJ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 RESULTS D 0 0 0 0 0 0 POINTS L 0 0 1 1 0 0 F 36 23 12 24 0 0 A 24 12 23 36 0 0 DIFF 12 11 -11 -12 0 0 PTS 5 5 1 1 0 0 TOTALS TBP 0 0 0 0 0 0 LBP 0 0 0 0 0 0 ADJ 0 0 0 0 0 0 ECCLES JUNIOR COLTS JUNIOR COLTS (U 17's) PRELIM D NW HALBRO COLTS Glossop & Marple Aldwinians Clitheroe Eccles Broughton Park & TMV TBA GAMES P 1 1 1 1 0 0 W 1 1 0 0 0 0 RESULTS D 0 0 0 0 0 0 POINTS L 0 0 1 1 0 0 F 36 24 22 10 0 0 A 10 22 24 36 0 0 DIFF 26 2 -2 -26 0 0 PTS 5 5 2 1 0 0 TOTALS TBP 0 0 1 0 0 0 LBP 0 0 0 0 0 0 ADJ 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Eccles RFC PROG 28/08/2021


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CLUB INFORMATION President - Mark Dutton Chairman - Chris Gaffey Honorary Secretary - Dave Nicholls Honorary Treasurer - Mike Bateman Fixtures Secretary - Don Edmondson Director of Rugby - Sam Simpson Safeguarding Officer - Heather Thorpe D of E Chairman - Mark Baines Mini & Junior Chairman - Dan Nicholls Junior Fixtures Secretary - Leeann Aspinall Ladies Captain - Rowanne Smalley Mens’ Captain - James Wright To play rugby Contact: Mens’ Head Coach Sam Simpson 07935 403171 Ladies Head Coach James Wright 07791 227616 Mini & Junior Chair Dan Nicholls 07789 202189 PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend, it seems a long time since we have seen a proper match. This is officially our 124th anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 74 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. It has been a strange year with everything that has been going on but the club has still been extremely busy. The money we raised through Crowdfunder, £40K+, has put us in an exciting position to commence several ground improvement projects, that we hope will be complete by Christmas. The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I am limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We can offer something for everyone including ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday nights at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshment, especially with our new friends from the First Chop Brewery. Mark Dutton // Eccles RFC President
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME A warm welcome to all our members and visitors at Eccles RFC today. After 17 long months of repression, it's great to finally have competitive Rugby and supporters back at Gorton Street. Our 1XV men will be looking to get their season off to a positive start by defeating Burnley in the first round of the Lancashire Plate whilst our 2XV will entertain the gentlemen of Littleborough in a pre-season warm up. I wish good luck to all the players, especially our own homegrown former colts stepping up for their first taste of senior rugby. I look forward to seeing you in the bar after the match, where you can enjoy a glass of first class ale from our match sponsor and local brewer First Chop. Speaking of which I’ll take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers whose exemplary efforts made last weekend’s 10th Eccles Beer & Gin Festival an outstanding success. The Eccles Cup tournament provided an entertaining afternoon of attacking rugby and I extend my appreciation to Leigh, Vale of Lune and Bolton who accepted the challenge and made a huge contribution to the day. The competition was a timely reminder of what we’ve all been missing. Eccles claimed the Bowl and Leigh lifted the Cup (a polished stainless steel bucket and £215 in donations for their charity) in an exciting final with Vale that was decided in extra time with a dramatic long range 'golden points' penalty kick! Pure Theatre! It was disappointing that so many invited clubs were unable to assemble a team and pulled out at the last minute. I hope the North West rugby community is able to quickly recover from the damage done by COVID and (overcoming GMS) begin once again to attract players back to the game. Here at Eccles, with the support of our sponsors, we’re going to great lengths to make membership of our club attractive and represent great value for our community. We have 18 teams for boys, girls, ladies and men, starting at U5s all the way up to Vets! I hope you enjoy your match experience today and you keep returning throughout the season to support our teams. Regardless of age or ability, all players appreciate encouragement from the touchline. This season we are celebrating 124 years at Eccles RFC and 100 years playing in blue and white hoops. But the club, and indeed rugby, only continues exist if there are players, referees, volunteers, supporters and sponsors willing to commit to its existence. All things prosper with effort. Let’s get stuck in! Chris Gaffey // Eccles RFC Chairman HEAD COACH NOTES Good afternoon and a very warm welcome to everyone attending Gorton Street today. Well, after an extremely long and difficult time for us all, as Covid-19 put a halt to rugby and life as we knew it, we are finally able to welcome back competitive rugby as the 1XV take on old friends Burnley in the first round of the Lancashire Plate. Eccles will be fielding three Senior male teams today, as the 2XV host Littleborough 2XV at Gorton Street, while our 3XV make the short journey over to Trafford MV to play in what we hope will be the first of hopefully many games this season. I wish all our players and teams good luck as we look to build and learn from mistakes made during the previous two weekends to ensure we are ready for the start of the league campaign next Saturday. Over the course of the season ahead, the club will be looking to maintain its development of rugby for all, offering a training and playing experience for everyone who wants to take part in the game we love. The provision of both competitive and social fixtures for Male and Female players with different aspirations is something we see as being vitally important for the continued growth of our club. Walking Rugby and Touch Rugby keep so many people actively engaged and have proven to be a useful tool for the recruitment of new faces. Cultivation of Homegrown talent through our Mini, Junior and Colts sections will remain central to our future senior success, encouraging participation rugby at whatever level / format players want, for as long as they want. I’m sure the 2021/22 season will have many exciting and disappointing days in store up its sleeve for all clubs, but to have our game and everything it offers back, after such a long time, should make us all feel like Trophy Winners. Finally a huge thanks to all the spectators, sponsors and club volunteers involved today. Without you, days like today wouldn’t be able to happen. Thank you and please continue in your fantastic efforts to support the game. Sam Simpson // Eccles RFC Director Of Rugby
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SOCIAL EVENTS Last weekend Eccles RFC held its 10th Beer & Gin Festival and many of us still have the hangovers to prove it! This annual event didn't happen last year due to the Covid restrictions in place at that time, so this year's festival was celebrated in style by all with more beer sold than ever before. The organisers owe a huge vote of thanks to the event's main sponsor, First Chop, a local brewery, growing its business and its reputation just a few hundred yards from our Gorton St Ground. First Chop have also agreed to sponsor a number of First XV fixtures during the forthcoming season, so please, when visiting the bar, sample some of their very excellent products and drink to our sponsor's good health! If you are in need of a laugh, I would also urge you to check out the 'Beer Run’ promotional video, which was produced by our own director extraordinaire Chris Gaffey. Our appreciation should be expressed to the event organiser 'Sergeant Major' Martin Parkinson, who ran the event with military precision, barking out his orders to his troops, who totally ignored him and instead ensured that everything ran smoothly, like a well oiled machine! Talking of well oiled, Festival goers over the 3 days were able to enjoy a huge selection of local ales, with every Salford brewery represented. We began the festival with 21 firkins of real ale and cider in the cellar, plus kegs of lager and we were left with the equivalent of 1 firkin, just 5% in reserve. Well done Martin! During the afternoon, our boys performed well in the inaugural Eccles Cup '100 Years of Hoops' competition, winning the Eccles Bowl, after loosing narrowly 5-7 to the tournament winners Leigh RUFC in the previous round. Well done all and thanks to all who organised and participated in entertaining us during the day. This pre-season competition featuring local clubs, looks set to grow and we hope will become a traditional part of club's warm ups in the coming years. Continuing the homegrown theme, our very own Moonlight Rumours provided the musical entertainment on the Saturday afternoon and evening. With two of our ex players amongst their ranks, they received a great Eccles welcome, from a crowd numbering almost 300 who enjoyed the band's polished renditions of numerous modern classics. Well done Dan, Ant and the boys! Again, many thanks to our sponsors and a huge tribute to our volunteers, without whom these events simply couldn't happen, you deserve a medal. Finally, our thanks to all who attended and helped make this event such a memorable success. We look forward to keeping you in touch with news of future Club events and plans, as we go forward into the forthcoming season. Dave Nicholls // Eccles RFC Hon. Secretary
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ECCLES JUNIORS 2021/22 can’t come soon enough for our mighty Mini & Junior Section. Festivals, trips, tours and more could make it our most exciting season to date! Our huge network of volunteers welcome all children and families interested in joining the best rugby family Salford has to offer. Dressed to Impress - This September, all Eccles Mini and Junior members will receive a brand new Eccles playing kit. Our club ethos of ‘Rugby for All’ has ensured that our entire junior family will wear the same shirt, shorts, socks and beam with pride. No zoom and gloom - Straight off the back of our lockdown success in the Ecclesathalon, our Junior teams enjoyed weekly online training sessions, competitions, challenges and even fancy dress! Following this, a short and sweet 2020/21 playing season was signed off in style in the spring as we welcomed local opponents to Gorton Street in May. Our teams enjoyed 5 weeks of competitive fixtures as our players, coaches and management team embraced the return of REAL rugby! Following the success of the Girls Mini Warrior events, we hosted a boys ‘JUNIOR BARBARIAN’ event in July. Age-Grade Players from U7- U16 and new recruits enjoyed a day of specialist coaching, a free branded t-shirt and an assault course challenge. This, alongside our presentation events over the Summer months, have repeatedly demonstrated how Eccles Junior rugby is about fun, festivity and friendship. This August, the club will be appointing a full time Community Rugby Coach who will liaise with local schools and bolster our Junior coaching at the club, as we continue to invest in the future of our players. Our Junior Revolution is ready to resume. If your child is interested to give rugby a try check out our club website for team details or drop me a line at danielnicholls@ecclesrfc.org.uk Hoping to see you on a Sunday very soon. Dan Nicholls, M&J Chairman, Eccles RFC ECCLES SENIOR COLTS After a strange year defined by the ever-changing rules of the Covid epidemic, we are looking forward to finally playing some competitive Rugby again next month. We worked hard to keep momentum by training with every opportunity the RUFC return-to-rugby schedule afforded us. We genuinely hoped to restart matches in December, and had fixtures setup before the second, harsher, lockdown hit. When we emerged from restrictions at Easter we had a brief training window before we entered our short, 1 month season of friendlies. Our fixture secretary set us a hard task with our May matches, 3 strong Cheshire teams and the Lancashire champions. We only managed one win, over Altrincham Kersal who we are pooled with in the Halbro Colts league. However, our best result was surprisingly a defeat, losing 14:9 to regular Lancashire champions Warrington. We were winning at half time, and only poor luck in the dying minutes cost us a famous victory. A shortage of backs led us to two defaults against strong Cheshire teams, with a 13:33 loss to Crewe where we fielded 13 forwards and only 2 backs, and a 36:7 loss to Cheshire champions Lymm. We have many dual code players, and May overlapped with traditional league season leaving us short in many key positions. The positive from this was it gave us a chance to play our last two matches with several U16 players who stepped up fantastically to the challenge of colts’ rugby. The summer break also gave us a fresh opportunity in the shape of the request to appear as a rugby team in a forthcoming Netflix/BBC joint production. Our lads rehearsed with the Actors during the July/August off season, learning how to produce tackles that while looking hard, allowed the Actors to live and fight again. This culminated in an intensive 3 days of filming in the August sun, where the biggest continuity challenge was the sunburn on the boys’ arms! The Halbro Colts league will be starting in September, with five matches in a ‘conference’ format, the results of which will determine of final seeding in the 10 match colts league. Together with league and county cups, the lads finally have a proper programme of competitive rugby to look forward to. Andy Connell Senior Colts Manager
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ECCLES LADIES Good afternoon and a warm welcome from our Women and Girls section at Eccles RFC. Whilst we have been enjoying the Men’s 1XV prompt return to rugby, we have spent our weeks preparing hard for our first preseason friendly on Sunday September 5th. Though we can’t wait to adorn our much loved navy and white hoops, we’re utilising the extra sessions to further refine our craft, whilst introducing some newer players to the tricks of the trade. During a turbulent two years for the Women’s Rugby landscape in Manchester, we have returned to rugby with a renewed vigour; building a team and streamlining our vision. We have created an environment where learning and progress is the cornerstone to our success. We have successfully embedded a culture whereby young players feel valued and empowered to contribute to the group. Despite being young in years, we have a group of extremely experienced players who have developed since their time in our #homegrown junior section. Leah Christian is the epitome of our player development programme, showcasing not only a secure rugby knowledge and ability, but a maturity beyond her years as she consistently drives the standards of those around her. Leah and other young players such as Bonnie Fleming and Georgia Cunliffe have strengthened our squad in recent years, opening the door for new players to join us and learn in a supportive yet competitive environment. As a direct result of the group's collective efforts to create something truly unique, we have seen a rush of new players joining our training sessions and bolstering our playing squad. We now have a wealth of players, each contributing their own talent and strengths to what is easily the most exciting first team we have had in years. As we prepare for our upcoming fixtures, we’re excited to be able to show our dedicated supporters the fruits of our labour, and we look forward to seeing you up on the balcony cheering us on. To any aspiring future Eccles ladies players, please contact James Wright, Head Coach Women & Girls Rugby 07791 227616 WALKING RUGBY Numbers attending Walking rugby at Eccles are slightly down in the past few weeks due to self-isolating and some very poor weather. We do however have four new members to the group - a mum of a Junior player, two former senior players and a new recruit who heard about us from a friend. Eccles RFC were one of the first clubs in the region to embrace Walking Rugby and our group remain the largest to date. We are now approaching our 2nd year and until the Covid lockdown in March our activities had been continual. We recommenced Walking Rugby activities on the 7th of September and had 19 participants at the first session. This response is a good reflection of our group of guys and gals who have a strong bond, turn up regularly, and play enthusiastically every Monday evening at 7.00pm, on the 3G pitch, regardless of the weather conditions. Our challenge in the months ahead will be to re-instate the momentum we had gained and get our Walking back up to speed! The game itself encompasses a touch tackle rule so we’re within the RFU guidelines, and we’re also coming to terms with the necessary technology to make registration and playing possible ( we also keep a paper record of participants for those who are not smart phone savvy) We keep in touch through our own What's-app group and new players from within the club are always welcome so why not give it a try! To join the Walkers call me on 07747 570345 Alan Bent // Eccles RFC Walking Rugby
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DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD The Gold Award Team at Buckingham Palace The DofE award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving 14-24 year olds who wish to take up the challenge, the opportunity to strive to be the best they can be and gain the confidence to believe anything they put their mind to is possible. The programme takes between one and four years to complete and is recognised and valued by employers and universities alike. Eccles RFC were the first rugby club in the UK to offer the DofE award programme to its players. The scheme was established in honour of Christopher Tickle who was posthumously awarded the DofE Gold Award by HRH Prince Phillip in 2010. Since 2011, the club’s young people have achieved over 100 Bronze awards, over 60 Silver awards and 48 prestigious Gold Awards – a testament to the hard work and dedication of the participants and the Eccles team of volunteer leaders. The DofE programme is a journey of adventure and discovery that compliments the ethos of Rugby by rewarding teamwork, endeavour, physical activity, learning skills and community volunteering. To achieve an award a young person must show persistence, commitment, progress and personal development over a period of time. Every activity must be successfully completed and assessed. Activities take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. To commence a Bronze Award you must be aged 14+ years, 15+ years for Silver and 16+ years to start a Gold Award. For more details on the DofE at Eccles RFC and how to become involved check out the club website or email:baines.mark@virginmedia.com. Mark Baines, DofE Chair, Eccles RFC ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Eccles Rugby Football Club was established in 1897 and has now worn its iconic Blue and White hooped shirt for 100 years. The hooped shirt was first adopted by Eccles RFC in the aftermath of WWI, when the club had to rebuild with many of its new recruits running out to play at Stott Lane with injuries suffered in the trenches. In its early days before the war, Eccles had played in green shirts and we believe this switch in colours may have been a tribute to fallen comrades in the Salford Pals Battalions. This team photograph taken in the winter 1921 is the earliest evidence we have of the hooped shirt. Our visitors today, Burnley, were founded shortly after, in 1926 as Calder Vale, changing their name to Burnley in the 2002-2003 season. Delving into the archives, our club historian and tractor sponsor Sheila Thomas, informs us that the first recorded games between Eccles and Calder Vale appear to be in the 1932-33 Season. 15th October 1932 Eccles 6 v Calder Vale 13. 14th January, 1933 Calder Vale v Eccles. 14th January 1933 Eccles “A” 30 v Calder Vale “A" 3. The Eccles 1st XV Captain at this time was H. Lamb, with our club Headquarters at the Rock House Hotel, Peel Green Rd Barton, and our ground and dressing rooms located on the other side of the Manchester Ship canal at Redclyffe Road, Barton. The Eccles first team had 31 fixtures in 1932-33 season with opponents including Halifax Vandals, Leyland Motors, Winnington Park and Sale "A" to name but a few. The club’s playing strength grew between the wars and Eccles were able to field a 3rd team this season. Later in 1933 an away match against Blackpool Old Boys resulted in half the Eccles team remaining in Blackpool over the weekend who according to records apparently enjoyed a great time with a failed attempt to launch a small pleasure craft near central pier and one chap being left hung up on a coat hook in the wardrobe of a bedroom! Happy Days. GORTON STREET GAZETTE
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How The Teams Finished - Final Tables From The 2019-20 Season ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION NORTH TWO WEST Glossop Manchester Rochdale Leigh Anselmians Aspatria Southport Tarleton De la Salle (Salford) Aspatria Winnington Park Bolton Eccles Sefton GAMES RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 20 17 1 2 609 325 284 85 14 1 19 17 0 2 743 228 515 84 15 1 20 17 1 2 569 323 246 82 12 0 20 13 2 5 568 428 140 70 12 2 20 12 0 8 569 479 90 62 8 21 20 20 19 19 20 21 20 21 8 0 13 502 488 14 45 5 8 1 11 403 520 -117 44 6 7 0 13 407 501 -94 43 9 9 0 10 361 538 -177 39 2 7 0 12 418 549 -131 39 6 6 0 14 428 618 -190 36 7 6 1 14 441 557 -116 34 5 6 0 14 391 594 -203 31 5 4 0 17 348 609 -261 26 4 6 8 4 6 1 5 5 3 2 6 ECCLES MEN 2XV County Courier Services Division 2 North Orrell 2XV Leigh 2XV Littleborough 2XV Tarleton 2XV AldwiniansXV Keswick 2XV West Park (St. Helens) 2XV Leyland Warriors 1XV Southport 2XV Eccles 2XV De la Salle (Salford) 2XV Oldham 2XV GAMES P W D L RESULTS POINTS F TOTALS 18 12 2 4 575 313 262 70 0 18 11 0 7 429 259 170 64 0 17 11 0 6 307 313 -9 16 8 0 8 284 276 8 63 0 53 0 16 10 0 6 372 281 91 49 0 16 16 14 18 16 16 17 8 1 7 354 205 149 47 0 7 0 9 296 321 -25 46 0 7 0 6 242 221 21 45 0 6 0 12 278 465 -187 42 0 6 0 10 313 389 -76 41 0 5 2 9 297 358 -61 39 0 5 0 12 240 583 -343 34 0 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 3 2 5 0 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 ECCLES MENS TABLES MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV 28-Aug-21 Burnley - CUP 04-Sep-21 Ormskirk HA Results H A 11-Sep-21 West Park St. H. H 18-Sep-21 Widnes 02-Oct-21 Wigan 09-Oct-21 Aldwinians 16-Oct-21 Burnley 23-Oct-21 Didsbury Toc H 30-Oct-21 06-Nov-21 Liverpool Coll. 13-Nov-21 20-Nov-21 LSH 27-Nov-21 04-Dec-21 Oldham 11-Dec-21 Fleetwood 18-Dec-21 West Park St. H. 08-Jan-22 Widnes 15-Jan-22 Wigan 22-Jan-22 Aldwinians 29-Jan-22 Burnley 12-Feb-22 Didsbury Toc H 19-Feb-22 Liverpool Coll. 05-Mar-22 Fleetwood 12-Mar-22 19-Mar-22 LSH 26-Mar-22 02-Apr-22 Oldham 09-Apr-22 Ormskirk 18-Apr-22 23-Apr-22 A H A H A A H A H A H A H A H H A H Knutsford 2XV A H Macclesfield 3XV Broughton Park 2XV Bowden 2XV A H A H Didsbury Toc H 2XV Liverpool Uni. Vets Knutsford Macclesfield 3XV Broughton Park 2XV Manchester 2XV Warrington 2XV A A H A H A A Altrincham Kersal 2XV H Crewe & Nantwich 2XV H Anselmians 2XV Didsbury Toc H 2XV Liverpool Uni. Vets. H A H Mens 2XV Bowden 2XV Manchester 2XV Warrington 2XV HA Results A H H Altrincham Kersal 2XV A Warrington 2XV Crewe & Nantwich 2XV A Anselmians 2XV A H
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Eccles 2XV Littleborough 2XV 1. John Hibbert 2. Sean Baines # 3. Nick Morissey 4. Kyle Pickford 5. Johnny Appleby 6. Tom Mayo # 7. John Whailing # 8. Ryley Thornton # 9. Matthew Twigg # 10. Max Vernon 11. Tim Balogun # 12. Olly White # 13. Josh Kinsella # 14. Wesley Chiriseri # 15. Jimmy McGuigan # 16. TBC 17. TBC 18.TBC #Home-Grown at Eccles RFC Kick off 3pm (Home Friendly) TODAY’S REFEREE: Sam Reid (Madrefs) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. TBA TEAM SHEETS ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES How The Teams Finished - Final Tables From The 2019-20 Season ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH TWO Sefton Ladies Crewe & Nantwich Ladies Manchester Ladies Darlington Ladies Eccles Ladies Didsbury TOC H Ladies Birkenhead Park Ladies Sunderland Ladies GAMES P 13 13 11 9 13 9 10 12 RESULTS W D 11 9 6 5 5 4 2 1 L 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 3 4 8 5 8 10 POINTS F A 473 159 314 368 160 208 299 175 124 182 181 1 -59 57 44 25 24 20 9 TOTALS 258 429 -171 24 146 205 193 353 -160 12 151 408 -257 DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 11 8 7 4 4 4 4 3 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Conference League-Senior D GAMES Senior Colts Senior D (U18's) Birkenhead Park Colts Kendal Colts P Bury Colts Makos Colts Wigan Colts Eccles Colts Preston G/Hoppers Colts 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 RESULTS W D 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 9 9 7 6 4 3 1 L 2 3 3 5 7 8 11 POINTS F A 275 132 143 373 143 230 212 207 228 208 187 188 5 20 -1 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 52 50 44 40 28 176 316 -140 27 166 423 -257 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 1 2 2 -1
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Eccles Beer Festival 2021 programme

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CLUB INFORMATION President - Mark Dutton Chairman - Chris Gaffey Honorary Secretary - Dave Nicholls Honorary Treasurer - Mike Bateman Fixtures Secretary - Don Edmondson Director of Rugby - Sam Simpson Safeguarding Officer - Heather Thorpe D of E Chairman - Mark Baines Mini & Junior Chairman - Dan Nicholls Junior Fixtures Secretary - Leeann Aspinall Ladies Captain - Rowanne Smalley Mens’ Captain - James Wright To play rugby Contact: Mens’ Head Coach Sam Simpson 07935 403171 Ladies Head Coach James Wright 07791 227616 Mini & Junior Chair Dan Nicholls 07789 202189 PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all visitors and teams at Eccles RFC this weekend. This is officially our 124th anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 73 years we’ve always had our home in this community. This year marks the club’s 10th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme, which complements the ethos of rugby and offers so much to our young people as they prepare for their future life. 2021 also commemorates 100 years of Eccles playing in blue and white hoops. So despite the hardship and difficulties of recent months, there’s a lot to celebrate. The return to rugby, following the loss of an entire season last year to COVID, is now gathering real momentum and I hope you can return to join us on the touchline to support our teams as the 2021/22 season progresses. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our former Home-Grown colts and young women step up to the senior teams his season to play attacking rugby with renewed conviction. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; our player members now range from under 5 to over 75 and our new 3G artificial turf floodlit training pitch means that some of them will not even get mud on their boots this winter! I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers for making the Tournament and Festival possible. We’d not be able to operate without their dedicated effort. I can’t name all them all as I’m limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. I’m reliably informed there is fine selection of match refreshments available at our bar but I really wouldn’t know about such things! Mark Dutton // President // Eccles RFC
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME A warm welcome to all our players, teams, members, supporters and visiting drinkers at Eccles RFC this weekend! Rugby and Beer are natural partners and, now that restrictions have lifted, I am delighted we are able to once again host the popular Eccles Beer & Gin Festival as part of our preparations for the new 2021/22 season! Staging this 3-day fund-raising event would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of many volunteers and the support of our sponsors. My thanks goes out to you all, in particular to our headline sponsor and neighbour First Chop. Eccles RFC have championed and cultivated homegrown talent since 1897, so alongside beverages from Greater Manchester brewers and distillers, food from regional producers and live music from local performers we’re proud to initiate this Men's rugby tournament where you're sure to see a display of the district's finest athletes battling it out for the chance to lift the gleaming Eccles Cup! The trophy will be paraded around the pitches during the games where we hope we can call upon the generosity of spectators, with the collected donations going to the nominated charity of the Cup Winners. Our club has played its rugby in this community for 124 years, moving to our home at Gorton Street in 1948 when our modest clubhouse and changing rooms were a pair of second hand Army huts! Things have grown since then and we now have close to 300 players including boys, girls, ladies and men. We are an inclusive club and I hope you throughly enjoy your experience here today and continue to return on Saturdays and Sundays to support our teams (and sample the delights of our CAMRA award-winning bar and celebrated kitchen) throughout the coming season. Let’s hope the worst of Covid is now behind us and, with some sensible, respectful, responsible behaviour, we can all get back to doing the things we love. Cheers. Chris Gaffey // Chairman // Eccles RFC 100 YEARS OF HOOPS Eccles Rugby Football Club was established in 1897 and has now worn its iconic Blue and White hooped shirt for 100 years. The hooped shirt was first adopted by Eccles RFC in the aftermath of WWI, when the club had to rebuild with many of its new recruits running out to play at Stott Lane with injuries suffered in the trenches. In its early days before the war, Eccles had played in green shirts and we assume this switch in colours signified a fresh beginning for our club. This team photograph taken in the winter 1921 is the earliest evidence we have of the hooped shirt. To commemorate the centenary of our hoop shirt and celebrate the return of rugby the club decided to host a Mens Rugby Tournament as a curtain raiser for the new season and invite some of our friends to participate. As a reflection of the unpretentious no nonsense personality of the club and the proud industrial heritage of its community, the ‘Eccles Cup’ is not a fancy silver trophy but a polished, stainless steel bucket! The Cup will be paraded around the pitch perimeter during the games in order to collect donations from spectators. The tournament champions will not only lift the cup but also claim the cash for their nominated charity. Winner takes all! We hope this can be the inauguration of a new annual event for the North west Rugby Community.
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FESTIVAL SCHEDULE 10th Annual Eccles Beer & Gin Festival Friday 20th (sponsor’s day) Entrance £2 14:30 Doors open to Sponsors, invited guests and Crowdfunder Advance Ticket Holders 16:30 General Public admittance 14:30 - 17:30 Beer Judging (1 hour slots) 15:00 – 18:00 Rugby Golf on the pitch 17:30 2-Hour Salford Online Facebook Live Streaming 19:00 Meet the Brewer 22:30 Bar closes Saturday 21st (rugby day) Entrance £2 12:30 Doors open 13:00 - 17:00 Rugby '100 Years of Hoops' Tournament 17:00 Eccles Cup awarded to the winning team 18:30 – 22:00 Live Music 22:30 Bar closes Sunday 22nd (family day) Free Entrance 12:30 Doors open Family activities all day 17:30 Bar closes First Chop (Eccles) Hydes (Salford) JUS | 5.0% | Juicy IPA | East Coast Juicy style of IPA. Big hoppy flavours achieved through double dry hopping with classic US IPA hops. A hazy style with big peach and stone fruit aromas. POP | 5.4% | Citrus IPA | This American style IPA has everything a juicy IPA should offer and more. A nice pale amber hue with lots of juicy fruit flavours from the likes of citra and summit hops. They use orange peel in the whirlpool to give this beer its distinctive orangey edge. POW | 4.1% | Juicy Session | This uses large amounts of everything! Oats and wheat are used to give this beer its hefty body, this is balanced out by using a mixture of Wai-Iti and Amarillo. Expect a wonderful bouquet of peach and stone fruit. Hazy, juicy and refreshing. JAM | 4.0% | Mango PA | A mash up of wonderful malts and American hops. Lovely golden colour and fruity aroma comes from the comet and cascade hops. The beautiful mango flavours in this beer this bring the whole thing together giving you a wonderfully refreshing ale. POD | 4.2% | Vanilla Oatmeal Stout | A wonderfully approachable stout, we use oats to add a lovely smooth mouthfeel to this deep dark beer. Lovely coffee and chocolate notes come from the premium malted barley and a vanilla hit that melds beautifully with the chocolate profile at the base of this beer. JOE | 4.2% | Cold Brew Coffee Oatmeal Stout | Smooth creamy stout filled with oats for a lush mouthfeel. Infused with cold brew coffee for flavours of chocolate and subtle fruit. GYLE 1001 | 7.0% | Limited edtion. First Chop's first DIPA. Full to the brim with stone fruit and hoppy goodness, brewed using the same 5 hops used to make our first ever beer! USA | 4.5% | West Coast IPA | Pine, resinous, off caramel colour with subtle sweet caramel flavoursaromas and tropical flavours, Hoppy Pale will hit your palate and leave you wanting more. Lowry | 4.7% | Juicy IPA | Refreshing Golden Ale bursting with Citra and Chinook Hops. Hopster Blonde | 3.9% | Blonde | A blonde Ale brewed with extra pale malts, flaked rice, wheat and Citra hops for a full on Citra hit. Marble (Salford) Manchester Bitter | 4.2% | Best Bitter | This most traditional core beer is inspired by a Manchester stalwart; a fondly-remembered original. Speciality malt gives the deep golden colour and robust base, balanced by crisp bitterness and a floral, lemony aroma. Metric (aka Pint) | 3.9% | Session Ale | Whatever measure you drink it in, this 3.9% session ale is brewed with an all pale malt bill and then hopped with a blend of New Zealand and US hops. This benchmark beer promises a burst of zesty aromas, uplifting grapefruit flavours and a subtle lemongrass finish. Lagonda | 5.0% | IPA | Named after a classic car owned by the boss’s father, Lagonda has been a house beer since 1997. The beer was originally designated an IPA but we feel pale ale better reflects current beer definitions. Pale in colour, the malts provide a sturdy body on which is built a citrus and floral hop character. Seven Brothers (Salford) Hoppy Pale | 3.8% |Pale Ale | A delicious and thirst quenching session pale ale that delivers massive citrus aromas and tropical flavours, Hoppy Pale will hit your palate and leave you wanting more. Pomona Island (Salford) Scorchio | 3.8% | Summer Ale | A light ale, designed to be refreshing and super drinkable in the Salford heat. Cruffatin | 4.1% | Bitter | A proper bitter. THE BEERS
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THE BEERS & CIDERS Strange Times (Salford) Dunham Press Cider (Altrincham) Ned Kosmo | 4.1% | Blonde | Bursting with the citrussy freshness of New World hops. The badge imagery is based on the Earth goddesses of the old religions, Cybele, Artemis, Freyja, Epona and Danu. Mad King Sweeney | 4.6% | Red Ale | Inspired by the turbulent life of Buile Suibhne, our Irish red ale is smooth and balanced enough to calm the mad Irish King who was driven mad by a curse put on him at the battle of Mag Rath. Coyote | 4.5% | APA | The trickster spirit! Do not be fooled, there's more to this American Pale Ale then meets the eye. Packed full of American hops and citrus aromas. The badge imagery is based on the story of how the constellations were made. Memento Mori | 5.5% | IPA | Our hop forward talisman of death is strong, hoppy and bitter, not to be taken lightly. Memento Mori = remember that you must die. A prompt to embrace life and all the opportunities it presents. Bank Top (Bolton) Port of Call | 5.0% | Porter | A dark and mysterious easy drinking ale with masses of character. Vintage Ruby Port is added to the cask to provide an unusual depth of flavour. One for the connoisseur. Drayman's Draught | 3.6% | Pale Ale | The American hopped pale ale has a strong citrus flavour with a bitter hoppy aftertaste. Flat Cap | 4.0% | Golden Ale | The brewery’s signature beer, a pale bitter with a citrus aroma and hoppy citrus finish. Dunham Massey (Altricham) Obelisk | 3.9% | Blonde | An English Blonde. Light and hoppy, but not too bitter, with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Dark Mild | 3.9% | Mild | A multi-award winning traditional North Western dark mild. Smooth and easy drinking. Big Tree | 3.9% | A good old fashioned session bitter with a balance of malt and hops. Dabbler | 5.7% | Medium Dry | A single variety, rich tannic sparkling cider made from Dabinett apples grown on our Cheshire terroir, with a deep caramel aroma. Perterloo Perry | 6.8% | Perry | A blend of two perry pears Thorn and Huffcap. Winner at National fruit show 2019 and People’s Choice winner at Manchester BCF 2020. Red Bank Cider (Bolton) Autumn Orchard Cider | 5.0% | Med/Sweet | Smooth, delicious, CAMRA award winning cider. Strawberry Cider | 5.0% | Med/Sweet Delicious, refreshing, natural flavour 4 Sisters (Salford) Lime & Thyme Gin | 40% |Copper pot distilled. 4 Sisters (Salford) Signature Gin | 40% |Copper pot distilled. 4 Sisters (Salford) Passion & Cardamon Gin | 37.5% |Copper pot distilled. 4 Sisters (Salford) Carmael EspressoGin | 37.5% |Copper pot distilled. 4 Sisters (Salford) Cherry Gin | 37.5% |Copper pot distilled. 4 Sisters (Salford) Lemon & Basil Gin | 37.50% |Copper pot distilled. Singsby (Harrogate) Rhubarb Gin | 40% | Locally sourced botanaticals, combined with sweet yorkshire rhubarb. Warners (Northhamptonshire) Rhubarb Gin | 40% | Fresh Tangy and sweet made with freshly pressed Rhubarb on Fall Farm. Whitley Neill (Liverpool) Rhubarb & Gin Gin | 43% | Tart, crisp edge, warmed by real ginger, full bodied, complex finish. Boe (Scotland) Violet Gin | 41.5% | Small Batch, award wining gin, infused with violets to create a light delicate taste. Brockmans (London) Gin | 40% | Premium , smooth, blueberrys, blackberrys, bitter sweet orange peel, lemon, corrinander. Bombay Sapphire (London) Gin | 40% | 1761 recipe, smooth, complex, elegant, light speict finish. Tanqueray (London) Flor de Sevilla Gin | 41.3% | Made with Bittersweet Seville Oranges Hendricks (Scotland) Gin | 41.4 % | Traditional botanicals, Corriander, Citrus peel infused with cucumber and rose petals. Gordons (London) Mediterranean Orange Gin | 37.5% | Zesty, refreshing, inspired by a 1929 Gordons recipe. LIVE MUSIC Moonlight Rumours are an exciting and energetic band. Professional and infectious, their raw sound and eclectic set list covering all the hits has made them Manchester’s hottest party band. Gordons (London) White Peach Gin | 37.5% | Elegant, sweet notes of peach balanced with classic Gordons. Gordons (London) Premium Pink Gin | 37.5% | Sweet Raspberry and Strawberry with the tang of red currant. Ophir (London) Dry Gin | 40 % | Spices of the Orient, unique hand-picked botancials, cubebs, cardimon and tellicherry pepper. THE GINS
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THE TOURNAMENT TEAMS TAKING PART Eccles RFC Bolton RUFC Sedgley Park RUFC Vale of Lune RUFC Leigh RUFC Teams will have 15 players and 3 replacements. Games will be 30 minutes total duration, 15 minutes each half with a 5 minutes break at half time. 5 minutes will be allowed between games for teams to leave/take the field. All 8 teams will play two games each with points awarded for the result. Win 4 points, Draw 2 points, Loss 1 point. The teams with the highest points score after 2 games will face each other in the finals In the event of a tie, the number of tries scored will determine the result. 13.00 (pitch 1) Team 1 v Team 2 13.00 (pitch 2) Team 3 v Team 4 13.40 (pitch 1) Team 5 v Team 6 13.40 (pitch 2) Team 7 v Team 8 14.20 (pitch 1) Team 1 v Team 4 14.20 (pitch 2) Team 2 v Team 3 15.00 (pitch 1) Team 5 v Team 8 15.00 (pitch 2) Team 6 v Team 7 15.40 Finalists announced 16.00 (pitch 2) Bowl Final 16.15 (pitch 1) Cup Final 16.55 Cups awarded 17.00 Charity Donations total announced A warm welcome back to Gorton Street to all our players, members, supporters and visitors from Vale of Lune, Bolton, Sedgley Park and Leigh Rugby clubs. We are extremely excited about this weekend's events and the opportunity to showcase the restart of rugby in Lancashire at our 100 years of Hoops Eccles Cup competition. The traditional Navy and White hoops of Eccles are now a familiar sight across the county, but this has not always been the way, go back over a century and you would have seen an Eccles team playing in green. The club is proud of its heritage and its hoops and delighted you have joined with us to celebrate this anniversary and the return of grassroots rugby to the region. If you are reading this on Friday evening, then I’m sure you are settled in with a delicious pint of something from our beer festival partners on the opening night of the festival. A personal thank you from myself and all the playing members to Rik and the First Chop team for your support this weekend and through the new season ahead of us. I hope you enjoy listening to the guys from the brewery talking you through their creations and most importantly enjoy the products as much as we do. Have a great evening. If you are reading this on Saturday afternoon then you are down for the main event and I am sure I speak for all of our members when I say we cannot wait to see a full balcony and rugby on the 1XV pitch. If you are a guest at our club for the first time, please make yourself at home and enjoy everything the Beer and Gin Festival has to offer. If you are returning to our doors then you know the score and I hope to see you at the bar after the game. The promise of a trophy partnered with a charitable contribution I’m sure will ensure a competitive competition for spectators to enjoy. To our volunteers, I’d like to express my sincere appreciation for your efforts and contributions. Without your commitment this club and this event would not exist. It has been far too long since our family could all meet around the table and enjoy ourselves. I hope these words find you healthy and happy. Rugby is back and weekends are for family, friends, and the club. So please enjoy yourself, stay for that extra beer (or gin), sing way too loud to the band and enjoy being back in our house. I hope you all have a fantastic day. Welcome Home. James Wright // Club Captain // Eccles RFC CLUB CAPTAIN’S NOTES
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ECCLES SENIOR COLTS After a strange year defined by the ever-changing rules of the Covid epidemic, we are looking forward to finally playing some competitive Rugby again next month. We worked hard to keep momentum by training with every opportunity the RUFC return-to-rugby schedule afforded us. We genuinely hoped to restart matches in December, and had fixtures setup before the second, harsher, lockdown hit. When we emerged from restrictions at Easter we had a brief training window before we entered our short, 1 month season of friendlies. Our fixture secretary set us a hard task with our May matches, 3 strong Cheshire teams and the Lancashire champions. We only managed one win, over Altrincham Kersal who we are pooled with in the Halbro Colts league. However, our best result was surprisingly a defeat, losing 14:9 to regular Lancashire champions Warrington. We were winning at half time, and only poor luck in the dying minutes cost us a famous victory. A shortage of backs led us to two defaults against strong Cheshire teams, with a 13:33 loss to Crewe where we fielded 13 forwards and only 2 backs, and a 36:7 loss to Cheshire champions Lymm. We have many dual code players, and May overlapped with traditional league season leaving us short in many key positions. The positive from this was it gave us a chance to play our last two matches with several U16 players who stepped up fantastically to the challenge of colts’ rugby. The summer break also gave us a fresh opportunity in the shape of the request to appear as a rugby team in a forthcoming Netflix/BBC joint production. Our lads rehearsed with the Actors during the July/August off season, learning how to produce tackles that while looking hard, allowed the Actors to live and fight again. This culminated in an intensive 3 days of filming in the August sun, where the biggest continuity challenge was the sunburn on the boys’ arms! The Halbro Colts league will be starting in September, with five matches in a ‘conference’ format, the results of which will determine of final seeding in the 10 match colts league. Together with league and county cups, the lads finally have a proper programme of competitive rugby to look forward to. Andy Connell Senior Colts Manager
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ECCLES LADIES Good afternoon and a huge welcome from all of the Women and Girls section to everyone attending this celebration and the return to rugby at our club. It gives me great pleasure to be speaking to you on a day where the club is open and buzzing with excitement. After a turbulent ride, the start line is creeping ever closer for our ladies who have been working hard to prepare for the new campaign. After a very successful 7's summer season our girls focus is now fully on our 15 a side game. We are well into the swing of training and building towards our pre-season fixture with Preston Grasshoppers in early September. Numbers continue to grow week on week with our great offer of on-field and gym sessions. We are very excited about what we are building here. Our new leadership group is in post and full of endeavour and ideas. We enter the new season in a familiar league filled with lots of local Lancashire teams and have big ambitions to do well. Our mixture of experienced seasoned campaigners with some massively exciting youth gives us a great mixture of personalities and qualities. Captain Rowanne Smalley returns to the game from a season away playing Rugby League for Warrington Wolves bringing lots of experience and energy to an exciting young backline. Former captain and Ladies stalwart Siobhan Mullen adds her experience and considerable frame to direct a young and explosive pack. #HomeGrown young players Rebbecca Roden, Freya Waterhouse and Mollie Young give boundless energy and enthusiasm. New recruits are always welcome. We are the epicenter of Womens and Girls rugby in Salford. We have a fantastic environment to play rugby and socialise and we'd love you to join in on our journey. There is no Ladies Rugby at Eccles this weekend, but we are here supporting the men. So whether you are a parent/guardian of a budding Katy Daly-Mclean or a #HomeGrown Detysha Harper, a Lady on a post lockdown mission to get fit and try something new or an experienced lady looking for a new challenge, come and have a chat with us. Enjoy your day. James Wright, Head Coach Women's and Girls Rugby, Eccles RFC
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ECCLES JUNIORS 2021/22 can’t come soon enough for our mighty Mini & Junior Section. Festivals, trips, tours and more could make it our most exciting season to date! Our huge network of volunteers welcome all children and families interested in joining the best rugby family Salford has to offer. Dressed to Impress - This September, all Eccles Mini and Junior members will receive a brand new Eccles playing kit. Our club ethos of ‘Rugby for All’ has ensured that our entire junior family will wear the same shirt, shorts, socks and beam with pride. No zoom and gloom - Straight off the back of our lockdown success in the Ecclesathalon, our Junior teams enjoyed weekly online training sessions, competitions, challenges and even fancy dress! Following this, a short and sweet 2020/21 playing season was signed off in style in the spring as we welcomed local opponents to Gorton Street in May. Our teams enjoyed 5 weeks of competitive fixtures as our players, coaches and management team embraced the return of REAL rugby! Following the success of the Girls Mini Warrior events, we hosted a boys ‘JUNIOR BARBARIAN’ event in July. Age-Grade Players from U7- U16 and new recruits enjoyed a day of specialist coaching, a free branded t-shirt and an assault course challenge. This, alongside our presentation events over the Summer months, have repeatedly demonstrated how Eccles Junior rugby is about fun, festivity and friendship. This August, the club will be appointing a full time Community Rugby Coach who will liaise with local schools and bolster our Junior coaching at the club, as we continue to invest in the future of our players. Our Junior Revolution is ready to resume. If your child is interested to give rugby a try check out our club website for team details or drop me a line at danielnicholls@ecclesrfc.org.uk Hoping to see you on a Sunday very soon. Dan Nicholls, M&J Chairman, Eccles RFC DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD The Gold Award Team at Buckingham Palace The DofE award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving 14-24 year olds who wish to take up the challenge, the opportunity to strive to be the best they can be and gain the confidence to believe anything they put their mind to is possible. The programme takes between one and four years to complete and is recognised and valued by employers and universities alike. Eccles RFC were the first rugby club in the UK to offer the DofE award programme to its players. The scheme was established in honour of Christopher Tickle who was posthumously awarded the DofE Gold Award by HRH Prince Phillip in 2010. Since 2011, the club’s young people have achieved over 100 Bronze awards, over 60 Silver awards and 48 prestigious Gold Awards – a testament to the hard work and dedication of the participants and the Eccles team of volunteer leaders. The DofE programme is a journey of adventure and discovery that compliments the ethos of Rugby by rewarding teamwork, endeavour, physical activity, learning skills and community volunteering. To achieve an award a young person must show persistence, commitment, progress and personal development over a period of time. Every activity must be successfully completed and assessed. Activities take a minimum of one hour a week over a set period of time, so they can be fitted in around academic study, hobbies and social lives. To commence a Bronze Award you must be aged 14+ years, 15+ years for Silver and 16+ years to start a Gold Award. For more details on the DofE at Eccles RFC and how to become involved check out the club website or email:baines.mark@virginmedia.com. Mark Baines, DofE Chair, Eccles RFC
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WALKING RUGBY Eccles Walking Rugby started after an email from Sale Sharks Community Trust inviting the club to participate in their initiative. Well we all know our club. It took less than two weeks for us to get organised and have our first session, that was back in May 2018 and we're still walking strong now. Walking Rugby is a new inclusive sport and an enjoyable way to get some exercise. It’s a much simpler and less physical version of the traditional game which brings ex-players of a certain age and those who are completely new to rugby together. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Say “Walking” to a bloke and he says “not for me”. Say “Rugby” to a woman and she says “not for me”, but I say give it a go. We encourage both men and women, young and not so young, skilled and not so skilled to get involved. Ladies with experience in netball will see it involves similar handling skills and agility. Guys, well you never lose it do you, but if you never had it the slower pace gives you more time to think about it. I've developed a sidestep I never knew I had! Playing on the AstroTurf allows us to play in any weather no special equipment required, although waterproofs and footwear with grip is a bonus. Our sessions are well supported and we regularly get 20+ players. On more than one occasion the ladies have outnumbered the men. The game is based on touch rugby. The attacking side are allowed 6 tackles (double handed touch) in which to score. After each tackle the attacking side has 3 seconds to pass the ball and the defending side must get back onside (3 metres). If after 6 tackles a try has not been scored the ball is handed over and it starts again. You soon get the hang of it. The whole idea is to have fun and enjoy the banter, reconnect with old friends and make new ones. The session is open to all regardless of skill level. Monday evenings 19.00 - 20.00 with a bragging session in the bar after if you fancy. It's great fun and easy. It must be if I can play it. Turn up and give it a try. Yours in Rugby, Benty Alan Bent, Walker, Eccles RFC
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ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS GORTON STREET GAZETTE As many illustrious players of this historic club can no doubt confirm, Eccles can be lively, boisterous town at weekends. But what may come as a surprise is that the town’s reputation for rowdy entertainment actually stretches back several hundred years to when Eccles would host a 3-day street party in late August each year! The ‘Eccles Wakes’ traditionally commenced on the eve of the feast day of St Mary, to whom the Parish Church is dedicated, and had their origins in the ancient custom of rush bearing, when villagers would bring decorated cartloads of rushes to spread over the church floor for a vigil mass which began at sunset on a Saturday, often called a ‘wake’ due to the late hour. As these occasions developed into a secular holiday the community celebrations would include sports, music, dance and drinking. Sound familiar? The Eccles Wakes When the Barton Aqueduct designed by James Brindley first crossed the River Irwell in 1761 the rural existence of Eccles was changed forever. By the 19th Century the famous Eccles Wakes were attracting large crowds from the surrounding district and had become a somewhat less than pious affair. The recreation area between Barton Lane, Oxford Road and Pleasant Road was transformed into a racecourse where Donkey riders and ladies would compete in races to win a smock, and competitions held along Church Street included blood sports such as bull and bear-baiting and cock fighting. People would dress up for the event and the revelry would often result in drunkenness and fighting. In 1877 local residents had enough of the excessive, riotous behaviour and at the request of the Local Board the Home
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Secretary banned the Eccles Wakes. British Artist Joseph Parry (1744–1826) moved from Liverpool to Manchester in 1790 and went on to paint several large historical compositions, often depicting scenes of everyday life featuring hundreds of figures most infamously a series of paintings that captured the typical Ale House, Race Course and Town Square experience of the Eccles Wakes festival. The village wakes flourished in Lancashire and became notorious for massive scale public disorder and associated as holidays for tradesmen. At Salford Wakes in 1819, there was a “Jack Ass Race for a Purse of Gold” a “Foot Race of a mile for a good hat” “ Ribbons to be danced for by Old Maids” and other events included chasing a greased pig, thick porridge eating, and a race for "Wooden Legged Men”! At the Prestwich Wakes of 1832 competitions included “an eating match of 3lb of treacle and bread” and “a smoking match for ten old women”! Some great ideas there to adopt for next year’s Eccles Beer & Gin Festival! SPONSORSHIP AND FUNDING Eccles RFC is run by dedicated volunteers. With over 120 years behind us we are a resilient, ambitious, progressive, inclusive, community rugby club and welcome support from businesses who share our ambition and passion. Sponsorship opportunities 2019/20 Community Coaching sponsorship - £15k Platinum Club Sponsorship - £10k Duke of Edinburgh Award Sponsorship - £10k Senior Team Sponsorship - £5k Junior Team Sponsorship - £3k Pitch-side Advertising boards - £500 Programme advertisement - £250 Senior Player Sponsorship - £150 Our sponsorship packages are flexible. For more information please email us at sponsorship@ecclesrfc.org.uk 1897 You can raise money for Eccles RFC every time you shop online by using EasyFundraising.co.uk Just register on the website, name us as your cause and shop as normal. The club receives a donation for the purchases you make. Easy.

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CLUB INFORMATION Paul Fleming Junior & Mini Chair Paul Fleming 07366 167396 https//eccles.rfu.club PRESIDENT’S WELCOME         As a club, we have never experienced anything like this before but as a                                                                  take place at Eccles RFC but that doesn’t mean that nothing at all will                                   means things can change on a daily basis so we’ll endeavour to make                                                       in these strange times as our facilities do look excellent. On behalf of the club, I'd also like to offer my sincere thanks to all the local businesses            continued support in such difficult economic conditions and look forward to when we’re able to reward your commitment and loyalty with                   keeps well.      
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CHAIRMANS’S WELCOME For all of you that follow the club on social media, you will already be aware that with effect from Thursday 5 November, until Wednesday 2 December at the earliest, all Senior and Age Grade rugby activities will cease at Eccles RFC and the club will return to ‘Stage A’ on the RFU Return to Community Rugby Roadmap. Unfortunately, this means no midweek group training sessions, no Senior Touch Rugby on Saturdays, no walking rugby on a Monday and Mini & Junior rugby on Sundays              house can open for education and training purposes (so First Aid training this Saturday 7 November will go ahead) but otherwise will be closed. Naturally, this news will be very disappointing to all members. The club is ever mindful of the possible effect of lockdown on the physical condition and mental health of our players. Therefore, the club has already begun working with its coaches to implement a scheme to keep all our players engaged with off-site competitive activities over the coming weeks.                               announcement on our lockdown plans as soon as details are finalised in the next few days. We are still looking forward to the possibility of a club Christmas event, so please watch out on social media for further updates as we develop your ideas on how this could be done as a safe event for our Rugby family. Until then, please stay safe and stay positive. Paul Thorpe // Eccles RFC Chairman HEAD COACH NOTES              Last Friday the RFU announced there will be no competitive league rugby played during the 2020/21 season, which I’m sure has upset many. Then this week, just as we’re all getting back into the swing of rugby club life again, Lockdown 2 returns us to Stage A on the return to rugby road map!! Not great news. However I’m still convinced we will get some fixtures played before the end of the season, possibly in the way of a localised mini cup competition against nearby rivals, the prospect of which excites me quite a lot, so “watch this space“.           RFC has seen this as a good opportunity to show that we are a progressive club and has already begun to explore different ways for us to keep supporting our player members with activity and personal development                         lockdown' - followed by the launch of a #OneClub league table where all teams within the club can compete against each other for points doing different challenges over the course of lockdown (big points win big                                                                                webinars to keep all our coaches developing their know how.                 positive attitude and challenge ourselves and those around us to continue doing what we love, just do it slightly different. I look forward to seeing you all cheering the teams on soon. Stay safe.            
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SOCIAL EVENTS Good day one and all, The Social Committee hopes to find you in good health, physically and mentally, in these very strange times. It has been a very discouraging time of late, for the Club's Social Committee, as Covid restrictions have tightened, with traditional celebration times such as Halloween and Bonfire Night disappearing off our radar, as Tier 1 went to Tier 2, which then became Tier 3, which in turn has            teers from the virus, by minimising time spent in contact with others, and you can understand why our Social activities have all but died a death. Despite all of this, with some careful planning the club was to run a Covid secure screening of the outstanding, decisive fixture between Italy and           providing table service and respecting all of the Tier 3 Covid criteria, I am               distanced in family bubbles etc, watched England sweep to victory, winning the 2019/20 Six Nations Championship.             adapted to provide a take away food and coffee service for the Minis & Junior Section every Sunday morning. Their positive and diligent               involved. Going forward, our plans for the next 4 weeks have become victims of lockdown, but Christmas is still possible so we are working on a festive programme, possibly to include an outdoor Christmas Carol Concert complete with Covid restrictions!             time, please look after yourselves and each other.           
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ECCLES GALLERY ECCLES COLTS November Colts Report: Despite the numerous challenges of Covid-19 and the lack of competitive fixtures, the Junior Colts have prevailed and progressed their development this autumn. Keeping a team together requires commitment from both players and coaches, and it's been a noteworthy benefit that this team have a group of coaches that are able to share the responsibilities and cover for those whose employment commitments prevents                   delivered training sessions for the lads, keeping them engaged from the                keep a colts squad together but they have done so through the toughest              have kept the boys playing, interested and engaged with the club and                              of it stronger than ever before.                        players really enjoyed it as they got to focus on some new areas that we                                      players and coaches got a lot out of the session. Wade Dutton & James Bushby // Eccles RFC Junior Colts Coaches.
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The Duke of Eccles - Still the best Bates to play at the club. Ultra Welding Equipment Proud to support Eccles RFC ECCLES LADIES Ladies rugby is growing at Eccles RFC, with our senior group numbers growing week on week and our junior section enjoying its first girls only mini warrior morning the feeling around the camp is that we are building something special. We are exceptionally proud to have a number of young female leaders in our group who have taken the essence of what it is to be an Eccles Lady and ran with it. Whether they are off flourishing at the highest level of English Women’s rugby at the likes of Sale Sharks and Loughborough Lightening, or still building their foundations at home at Gorton street,           We are proud to celebrate our player's achievements in all of their forms whether that is on or off the field. We firmly believe in creating strong female role models for our junior section to aspire to when they one day wear the blue and white for our 1XV. We empower our players to maximise their potential and to take our message out into our community        The bond this group has forged through the love of being in each other’s company and playing the sport is apparent at every session and is infec            step through the gate to support, play or coach you are an Eccles Lady and will remain one forever. Now is a great time to take your first step                    
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ECCLES GIRLS The Eccles RFC Mini Warrior Session, an event to engage and celebrate all the Junior female players at the club, was held pride of place on the        Although wet, the weather did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of the girls, with a fantastic turnout from the Under 6 age group all the way up                                     enjoyable experience, with smiles and an abundance of energy all  Although only an hour session, the event was a huge success, exhibiting a clear vision and progression pathway within the Junior sections for             obvious there was a high level of talent present from the Girls at all age groups, indicating the promising future that both the Eccles Girls and                                        If your daughter is interested in playing rugby at Eccles RFC please          ECCLES JUNIORS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD We don't need to tell anyone how different or difficult this year has been. Undeterred, the Eccles RFC DofE section has tried, when possible to continue with our activities and assist participants who were aiming to complete their goals. A few young people, who had luckily already atttained other sections of their award, were on their last stage needing only to complete an expedition. With the guidance of the North West DofE and working within government guidelines we were able to successfully carry out alternative expeditions over two weekends for the Bronze groups. The young people achieved everything they would normally do - map reading, walking, cooking, field crafts. The only thing they didn't do was camping out over night, instead sleeping at home and returning to carry on the next day. We intended to do the same for the Silver group during October but unfortunately the Greater Manchester area went into tighter lockdown restrictions so this has been postponed until a future date. Eccles RFC was the first rugby club in the UK to run the prestigious DofE award programme and we now have a decade of experience behind us. In this time we’ve seen 48 of our young people achieve the highest accolade of a gold award at a Royal Palace and over 160 more achieve Silver and Bronze recognition. However, in recent years we have seen diminishing numbers of our young people wanting to take up the challenge of a DofE award at Eccles RFC. There is no doubt that the programme requires determination, dedication and a commitment in effort and time to succeed. We encourage participation from our players, as the benefits to personal development and team bonding are clear, but we respect it is not for everyone. We hope, when some kind or normality returns, we will be be able to recruit and do more to keep the DofE going at Eccles. This is not the way we wanted to celebrate our tenth year, but lots of organisations are in the same boat and we will endeavour, as many pioneers and expeditioners have done before, to continue and overcome the difficulties before us. First Gold Group At St James Palace 2nd Gold Group At Buckingham Palace 3rd Group At Buckingham Palace 4th Group At Buckingham Palace WALKING RUGBY Numbers attending Walking rugby at Eccles are slightly down in the past few weeks due to self-isolating and some very poor weather. We do                two former senior players and a new recruit who heard about us from a  Eccles RFC were one of the first clubs in the region to embrace Walking                             We recommenced Walking Rugby activities on the 7th of September and                                              Our challenge in the months ahead will be to re-instate the momentum                                                   for those who are not smart phone savvy) We keep in touch through our own What's-app group and new players from within the club are always welcome so why not give it a try!                
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Early Eccles 1901-1914 The turbulent early years of Eccles RFC’s history were not untypical for a club of this district. Having begun its activities during the 1880s following the Great Rugby Schism of 1895, Eccles re-established itself in 1897 playing its fixtures in Monton near the Blue              at Bell Terrace playing on this site until the Godfrey Ermen Schools   In 1901 Eccles moved a short distance south down Edison Road to              Road, near the Barton Swing Bridge and were to remain here on                Before the Great War Eccles were considered a formidable opponent, holding their own with the principle clubs of Lancashire and enjoying good local support. Regular opponents included Sale,                and New Brighton. Each season, Eccles enjoyed an annual Easter Tour to Bedfordshire with a fixture against Bedford RUFC, at that time the home of one the best rugby club pavilions in the country,     In the 1903/04 season Eccles were the most consistent team in the Manchester district winning 21 of 27 games; 1905/06 saw 23 GORTON STREET GAZETTE victories from 30 games with 399 points scored and T.S. Stevens and R. Cameron selected for Lancashire. In 1906/07 many ground improvements were made and J. Clerc, three-quarter of the       In September 1912, a gate of 3,000 gathered at Barton to watch Eccles v Kendal in the opening match of the season. 1913/14 season. In the Eccles would win 17, draw 6, and suffer just two away defeats at Manchester and Kersal and one home loss to Broughton Park by a single drop goal to nil! Eccles fine 1XV were on the rise and forward Harold Bowker and Half-Back Reginald Lightbrown Bolton contributed nine tries each that season and were selected to represent            Following the declaration of War rugby fixtures were abandoned in September 1914. ‘Pals’ battalions were raised to encourage work colleagues and team mates to serve together. Employers displayed recruitment posters, speeches were given at rugby matches, young men lied about their age and queued up to volunteer in their thousands. Many Eccles players were amongst the first to enlist. Harold Bowker joined the Duke of Lancaster Yeomanry and went on to become a 2nd Lt. in the Royal Air Corp, surviving the war and playing for Swinton Lions until 1920. Reggie Bolton, Capt. Manchester Regiment, was killed at sea in 1918 when the hospital ship he was aboard was torpedoed by German U-Boat. His brother John Bolton, goal- kicker for Eccles, was killed
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                                                                      sacrificed their lives in foreign fields and reflect on all those who              that can we could enjoy rugby and our way of life today. Of all the                                                                                                               GORTON STREET GAZETTE
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CLUB INFORMATION PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend. This is officially our 122nd anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 71 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. The 1XV gained promotion last year playing attacking rugby with renewed conviction, something which we hope cascades down through the club this season. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. For the start of the new season the club has installed a new 3G artificial turf floodlit training area which all teams will benefit and the technical area on the edge of the first team pitch has also been replaced and expanded meaning that some players will not even get mud on their boots ! The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I’m limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We also now offer ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday night at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. I would also like to thank our volunteers who operate our DofE section which complements the ethos of rugby and offers so much to young people in their future life. Congratulations to the groups who have achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold award this year. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshments. Mark Dutton, President, Eccles RFC
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club. I would like to offer a warm welcome to Manchester Rugby Club and Bromyard Rugby Football Club. Today is our annual Sponsor’s Day event and is an opportunity for the club to show our appreciation for all those who have generously supported us during the 2019/20 season with an afternoon of hospitality and rugby. Without the valuable assistance of our sponsors the club would not be able to sustain its facilities and activities in our community, so we hope all members will play their part in making the day an enjoyable and memorable Eccles experience. Manchester need no introduction, although our fixture last October was the first meeting in many years, our clubs have enjoyed a rich history of contests and were once regular opponents. Manchester are in second place in the league, with Eccles second from the bottom, but Eccles will be keen to put in a good performance, as we are still confident that we can climb out of the drop zone. Ahead of that contest, our 3XV will entertain Bromyard RFC, a touring team from Herefordshire, who play in Midlands 4 West (South). At Eccles, we believe in Rugby for all and we take pride in our Home-Grown principles. Our Junior programme regularly produces talented young players and last year we were delighted to see eight Eccles lads wear the red rose of Lancashire. Our Men’s and Ladies sections share the same belief and commitment to player propagation, only last week saw former Eccles player Detysha Harper receive her call up to the Women's England Squad for the 6 Nations game against Ireland, where she helped secured a 27-0 victory in front of a sell-out crowd. We achieve everything we do in, and for, our community, through the efforts of dedicated volunteers and the support of sponsors who share our ambition and passion. I thank them for their commitment. And I thank today’s Match Officials, who step onto the field as volunteers to play their part under pressure and I would encourage spectators to be more appreciative of their role in rugby. Without them we would not have the games today. Cheers, Thorpey. Paul Thorpe, Chairman, Eccles RFC HEAD COACH NOTES A warm welcome to all players, officials, spectators and sponsors to Gorton Street. Today we celebrate the generosity of those who have contributed this season. It is my hope that you enjoy your day and accept our most sincere thanks for your valued and continued support. Today the 1XV welcome Manchester RFC for the return fixture. Back in October at Grove Park it was a close contest for an hour until the hosts secured victory with tries in last 20 mins. The brains of our more seasoned campaigners will need to be picked for the last occasion we welcomed our visitors to Gorton Street, such has been Eccles rise and Manchester’s unfortunate fall in recent seasons. Manchester arrive flying high in the league on good form which will prove to be a real test for us this afternoon. We will be facing this challenge on the back of some positive results in the league with wins in our last two home fixtures. The lads are keen to keep this momentum flowing into the final stages of what has been a difficult season. Best of luck to both teams. We also have the pleasure today of welcoming Bromyard RFC, a touring team from Herefordshire to play our 3XV. It’s always a pleasure to welcome tourists who always bring their own mixture of chaos and fun. It gives our casual and vets a rare opportunity to dust off the box of tricks and the Woolworths boots to run out in the Eccles hoops, something which gives us great pride. I’m sure a game of real quality will be discussed in the bar afterwards and only improve as the night goes on! Best of luck to all players pulling on the Navy and White this weekend, our opponents and match officials. Sam Simpson, DOR / Head Coach, Eccles RFC
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MENS LEAGUE TABLES ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION NORTH TWO WEST Glossop Manchester Rochdale Leigh Anselmians Southport Aspatria De la Salle (Salford) Aspull Tarleton Winnington Park Bolton Eccles Sefton GAMES RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 19 16 1 2 573 298 275 80 13 1 18 16 0 2 684 223 461 79 14 1 19 16 1 2 536 303 233 77 11 0 19 12 2 5 552 415 137 66 12 2 19 11 0 8 531 460 71 57 7 19 20 18 18 19 19 20 19 20 8 1 10 391 507 -116 43 6 7 0 13 489 476 13 41 5 9 0 9 334 502 -168 39 2 7 0 11 398 516 -118 39 6 6 0 13 378 494 -116 38 8 6 0 13 421 589 -168 36 7 6 1 13 428 541 -113 33 5 6 0 13 386 535 -149 31 5 4 0 16 329 571 -242 26 4 6 3 8 1 5 6 5 2 2 6 ECCLES MEN 2XV County Courier Services Division 2 North Orrell 2XV Leigh 2XV Littleborough 2XV Tarleton 2XV West Park (St. Helens) 2XV Keswick 2XV AldwiniansXV Leyland Warriors 1XV Eccles 2XV Southport 2XV De la Salle (Salford) 2XV Oldham 2XV GAMES P W D L RESULTS POINTS F TOTALS 17 12 1 4 570 308 262 67 0 17 11 0 6 414 240 174 62 0 16 10 0 6 278 291 -13 58 0 15 16 15 15 13 16 17 15 16 8 0 7 262 250 12 51 0 7 0 9 296 321 -25 46 0 7 1 7 335 190 145 45 0 9 0 6 372 281 91 44 0 7 0 6 237 216 21 42 0 6 0 10 313 389 -76 41 0 6 0 10 264 443 -179 41 0 5 2 8 297 358 -61 39 0 4 0 12 218 569 -351 29 0 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 2 2 4 2 2 0 2 1 1 1 0 MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 Aldwinians - CUP A 07-Sep-19 Southport 14-Sep-19 Tarleton 28-Sep-19 Aspatria 05-Oct-19 Anselmians 12-Oct-19 Aspull 19-Oct-19 Bolton 26-Oct-19 De La Salle 02-Nov-19 09-Nov-19 Manchester 16-Nov-19 Glossop 23-Nov-19 Leigh 30-Nov-19 07-Dec-19 Rochdale 14-Dec-19 Sefton 21-Dec-19 28-Dec-18 04-Jan-20 Tarleton 18-Jan-20 Aspatria 25-Jan-20 01-Feb-20 Anselmians 08-Feb-20 Aspull 15-Feb-20 Bolton 22-Feb-20 29-Feb-20 De La Salle 07-Mar-20 Manchester 14-Mar-20 Glossop 21-Mar-20 Leigh 28-Mar-20 Rochdale 04-Apr-20 Sefton 11-Apr-20 18-Apr-20 Southport 25-Apr-20 A 29 - 64W H 37 - 35W 21-Sep-19 Winnington Park A 49 - 25L H 16 - 10W A 29 - 12L H 46 - 22W A 28 - 20L H 15 - 17L H 52 - 22L A 24 - 00L H 22 - 33L A 22 - 10L H 10 - 22L A 17 - 10L 11-Jan-20 Winnington Park H 12 - 37L A 41 - 5L H 24 - 22W A 37 - 26L H 10 - 9W A H H A H A H P - P Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV A 15 - 19W H 7 - 38W A P - P A 43 - 0L H 33 - 7W A 5 - 0L A H A West Park (St. Helens) H Leyland Warriors 1XV A Mens 2XV HA Results Leyland Warriors 1XV H Post Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle 2XV Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV H 35 - 29W A 17 - 00L H 12 - 29L H 12 - 38L A 52 - 07L H 6 - 21L H 7 - 17L A 17 - 58W H 26 - 35L West Park (St. Helens) A 21 - 10L
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Eccles 3XV Bromyard RFC 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. #Home-Grown at Eccles RFC TBC 1. Sam Dudley 2. Tomas Day 3. William Allman 4. Tom Hulburd 5. Luke Zygmuntowski-Watts 6. Will Teece 7. Rhys Cooper 8. Rory Lane 9. Nick Coleman (c) 10. James Hepworth 11. John Pudge 12. John Parker 13. Luke Hadley 14. Josh Hargest 15. TBC 16. Well Matured Supporters 17. Dave Mann 18. Mick Warren TODAY’S REFEREE: Mike Ince (MADREFS) TEAM SHEETS ECCLES SENIOR COLTS What a difference a full squad makes! Players come and go – it’s one of the facts of all rugby teams but what can’t be underestimated is what these players bring when they join or return. This week we welcomed Callum Fryer back for his first game since U16 and with a full team and two on the bench it was a promising start. In blustery conditions with the rain ever threatening it was touch and go whether we would be able to fulfil the Plate fixture against Rossendale. With a full front row we were able to play contested scrums for one of the first times this season and good performances across the board saw confidence levels increasing and a great result for our Senior Colts. 4 tries for Man of the Match Centre Timmo, a try a piece from Tallis, James and Cameron Smollet and Joe and Josh taking on kicking with two conversions each resulted in a convincing win of 43 to 7. This was the most dominant performance of the season and takes the lads to the Quarter Final of the Senior Colts Plate, a prestigious contest featuring the strongest teams of Lancashire and Cheshire. As the holders of this sliverware this season’s colts are naturally determined to do their best to retain it. The next game will be the Semi Final of the Lancashire U18 Joe McDonough Trophy so let's hope we can bag some of the confidence from this performance and the commitment of a full squad to go one step further. Congratulations also to Tallis Keeler who represented Eccles at county level this week, playing for Lancashire U17s v Yorkshire. Go Tal! John Christey, Coach, Eccles RFC Senior Colts
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ECCLES LADIES Skilful Tries Seal Eccles Victory Eccles Ladies travelled to Sunderland hoping for a repeat performance of their last encounter where Eccles won overwhelmingly. An early Sunderland try, created from the quick recycling from their rucks, seemed to indicate that the result may be very different from the last meeting. However, fantastic defending from Eccles and brilliant attack led to a try from Mikayla, with her running half the length of the pitch. Play continued with the ball in no team’s hands for long, with great defence forcing errors and brilliant attack exploiting any small gap left by the opposing defence. However, the opposition’s forwards slowly made their way closer to the try line overpowering the much smaller Eccles players and going over for another try. The start of the 2nd half seemed to favour Sunderland, with a dropped Eccles ball being picked up and one of their forwards sprinting half a pitch length for a try. It seemed as though the coach trip north may have hindered the Eccles performance. However, Eccles responded quickly with a try of their own, coming from hands out wide from the back of a scrum. An attacking Eccles unit became the story of the 2nd half, with skilled phases of play and well-placed kicks from Mikayla and Sheena ensuring play remained well into the Sunderland half. Another Eccles try followed shortly, again from the back of the scrum, with Mikayla going over for her 3rd try of the day. Eccles continued to make big hits in defence and displayed some amazing leg drive and footwork going forward, especially from Leah, Siobhan and Mollie Y. With tired opposition players very apparent, the last two final Eccles tries were scored in quick succession, both utilising the wide-open spaces left by the opposition defence, sealing a victory for Eccles Ladies. Eccles’ displayed some great rugby skill and intelligence, even if it came later in the game than planned, and this will hopefully boost their confidence going into their next game against Birkenhead Park Ladies. FT: Sunderland Ladies 17 – 25 Eccles Ladies
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ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH TWO Sefton Ladies Crewe & Nantwich Ladies Manchester Ladies Darlington Ladies Didsbury TOC H Ladies Eccles Ladies Birkenhead Park Ladies Sunderland Ladies GAMES P 12 12 11 9 7 11 8 10 W D 10 8 6 5 3 3 2 1 L 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 3 4 4 8 6 8 F A 423 147 276 305 160 145 299 175 124 182 181 119 137 1 -18 202 387 -185 15 156 272 -116 10 129 356 -227 8 DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 10 8 7 4 3 3 2 2 52 40 35 24 15 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Conference League-Senior D GAMES Senior Colts Senior D (U18's) Birkenhead Park Colts Kendal Colts P Bury Colts Makos Colts Eccles Colts Wigan Colts Preston G/Hoppers Colts 12 12 11 12 12 11 12 RESULTS W D 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 9 9 7 6 3 4 1 L 2 3 3 5 8 7 11 POINTS F A 275 132 143 373 143 230 212 207 228 208 5 20 -1 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 52 50 41 40 176 316 -140 27 187 188 25 166 423 -257 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 2 1 2 -1 ECCLES LADIES & COLTS FIXTURES Date Eccles Ladies 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 08-Sep-19 Darlington 15-Sep-19 Didsbury TOC H 22-Sep-19 29-Sep-19 06-Oct-19 Manchester 27-Oct-19 03-Nov-19 Sefton 10-Nov-19 17-Nov-19 Birkenhead Park 24-Nov-19 Sunderland 01-Dec-19 08-Dec-19 Didsbury TOC H 15-Dec-19 22-Dec-19 29-Dec-18 05-Jan-20 Manchester H 12 - 47L 12-Jan-20 Crewe & Nantwich H 5 - 24L 19-Jan-20 26-Jan-20 02-Feb-20 Sefton 09-Feb-20 16-Feb-20 23-Feb-20 Birkenhead Park 30-Feb-20 01-Mar-20 Sunderland 08-Mar-20 15-Mar-20 Darlington 22-Mar-20 29-Mar-20 05-Apr-20 12-Apr-20 19-Apr-20 A 66 - 0L H A H P - P P - P Makos Kendal Tarleton Preston Grasshoppers H A A 34 - 26L A 39 - 17L WO P - P 34 - 26L 39 - 17L A Post H 20 - 19W A 43 - 14L 13-Oct-19 Crewe & Nantwich A 86 - 10L 20-Oct-19 H 26 - 36W A 5 - 31W H 79 - 10W A 17 - 0L Preston Grasshoppers A 22 - 29W H Wigan Birkenhead Park Bury HW A 26 - 11L H 5 - 15L Senior Colts Tarleton Wigan Birkenhead Park Colts Cup - Southport Bury Makos Kendal HA Results H Post A 53 - 26L H 12 - 16L H A 28 - 28D H 17 - 22L H 5 - 61L
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ECCLES JUNIORS Welcome to all our sponsors, spectators and visitors from Eccles RFC Mini’s and Junior Section and my regular view from the rugby soap box! Last Sunday saw over 300 minis and juniors of all age groups, U6s - U16s, finally get a game, and all hosted by Eccles! A wonderful achievement after a few bad weeks of weather saw numerous cancelled fixtures! Well done Leeann and Marie and everybody else! A recently published article in the Guardian on junior rugby and its league system set-up prompted mixed opinions. My own due to participation with the coaching fraternity of our U14s and the Mini and junior section as a whole. The level of competitiveness is amplified on those league or cup fixtures where the influence of a different ‘type’ of game can be felt and despite the RFU directive of ‘non-competitive games’ it’s all-to-play-for performances from most teams! So the suggestion of clubs breaking away from any league structure, although completely understandable, can have the adverse effect down at grass roots. I don’t imagine the Kiwis or South Africans defer their competitive junior rugby until their players are of an age where they understand what is needed when required to lift their performance levels. Are we really ‘institutionalising the idea of ambition?’ I understand the need for junior clubs to regulate their traveling arrangements so they may retain players at a senior level, thereby fulfilling fixtures. Andy Northey’s views on junior rugby may ring true to a lot of you, but at what point do we introduce our young players to competition rugby? If, as he says, there are lads who would rather be in Benidorm within 2.5 hours than play rugby against a club a similar journey time away, is that not what the closed season is for? I’ll conclude with a proud announcement of a new team sponsor for our U14s and hope they enjoy being a part of Eccles RFC. Supporters of youth will always receive a warm welcome at a club that thrives on the development ‘Home Grown’ Talent. Paul Fleming, Mini and Juniors Chairman, Eccles RFC ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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BILL LOWE - OBITUARY Bill Lowe 1931-2020 It is with great sadness that we announce that our long serving, loyal member Bill Lowe passed away suddenly at home last Wednesday morning. He was 88. Bill joined Eccles RFC in 1948 as a local 18 year old, the year the club moved to Gorton Street and the same year Harry Broomhead and Ken Faulkner joined. Bill was our oldest past player and one of the last of the old players who were affectionally first labelled “ the fossils” when they grouped together on Saturdays and Mondays in the corner area of the club and then at the side of the bar. Between his playing career and taking on his many administrative positions, Bill was often away from the Club in the seventies and eighties pursuing business opportunities both in the UK and abroad. On Bill and Pauline’s permanent return to Manchester, Bill’s final venture Metremix Concrete appears in the 1993 club handbook and stayed there until he sold the business upon his retirement. Bill’s entrepreneurship and humour shine through with marketing gems such as “Willmix” and “William the Concretor” a title he took great pleasure answering the phone with. From being a regular first team second rower, Bill went on to serve on the Committee over three decades from 1993 until 2019. Bill was our club’s Lancashire representative for two decades from 2000 until 2019 and also served on the Lancashire Cup Committee. Bill was regular member of the Eccles balcony support and attended our recent home fixture v Bolton. He will be missed. Funeral details will be posted on our website in due course.
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Great Scott! Sixty-Five years ago, 26th February 1955, Fullback Harry Scott of Manchester Rugby Club became England's 856th capped-player when he pulled on the white shirt to represent his country against France at Twickenham. The pride of his selection was also felt across the city at Eccles Rugby Football Club where Harry had spent his formative years. Harry was was born in Batley on 7th November 1927 and aged 8 moved with his family to Eccles. Following his attendance at Stretford and Salford Royal Technical Colleges he qualified as an engineering draftsman. His father, Bob, played rugby league for Swinton Lions and Cumberland and Harry evidently inherited his athletic ability. In the early 1950s Harry became a stalwart of the Lancashire team considered one of the strongest in the county championship. In 1954 he played for North West Counties against New Zealand at Manchester City’s Maine Road ground, where his pen portrait in the match programme described him as “an enterprising fullback with safe hands and quick to turn defence into attack”. In later years, Harry returned back to Eccles, enjoying both the playing and social aspects of the Rugby Union game. He was an active member of EGOR (Evergreens of Rugby), becoming a well-known figure at Lancashire and England matches and in 1987 he was made a Hon. Life Member of Eccles RFC. Harry, passed away in January 2012 aged 85, with his memorial service held at Peel Green crematorium and his ashes spread on the Eccles pitch by his family 4 years later. Harry will no doubt be fondly remembered by many members of both Eccles and Manchester clubs when they meet to play this Saturday at Gorton Street. (photo: England v France, 1955. H. Scott, front row right, seated on ground) SPONSORSHIP AND FUNDING Eccles RFC is run by dedicated volunteers. With over 120 years behind us we are a resilient, ambitious, progressive, inclusive, community rugby club and welcome support from businesses who share our ambition and passion. Sponsorship opportunities 2019/20 Community Coaching sponsorship - £15k Platinum Club Sponsorship - £10k Duke of Edinburgh Award Sponsorship - £10k Senior Team Sponsorship - £5k Junior Team Sponsorship - £3k Pitch-side Advertising boards - £500 Programme advertisement - £250 Senior Player Sponsorship - £150 Our sponsorship packages are flexible. For more information please email us at sponsorship@ecclesrfc.org.uk 1897 You can raise money for Eccles RFC every time you shop online by using EasyFundraising.co.uk Just register on the website, name us as your cause and shop as normal. The club receives a donation for the purchases you make. Easy.
Eccles v Glossop

Eccles RFC PROG 14/03/2020


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CLUB INFORMATION PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend. This is officially our 122nd anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 71 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. The 1XV gained promotion last year playing attacking rugby with renewed conviction, something which we hope cascades down through the club this season. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. For the start of the new season the club has installed a new 3G artificial turf floodlit training area which all teams will benefit and the technical area on the edge of the first team pitch has also been replaced and expanded meaning that some players will not even get mud on their boots ! The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I’m limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We also now offer ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday night at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. I would also like to thank our volunteers who operate our DofE section which complements the ethos of rugby and offers so much to young people in their future life. Congratulations to the groups who have achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold award this year. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshments. Mark Dutton, President, Eccles RFC
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club. I would like to offer a warm welcome to Glossop Rugby Union Football Club who currently sit top of the North Two West league. Eccles are second from the bottom but have a game in hand over Bolton, with firm belief that we can still avoid the drop zone. The last time the two teams met was back in November when the game was abandoned just before half time when Matt Parkinson received concussion and a neck injury which required paramedic assistance. The score was 24-0 at the time and the game was awarded to Glossop. On Sunday, the Colts take on Aldwinians in the Semi Final of the Lancashire U18’s Colts Trophy. Kick off is 2pm, so let’s get down to cheer them all the way to the final. The Ladies, who have enjoyed a recent lift in performance with consecutive wins, are also at home to Darlington who are a league position above them in 4th, in their last game of the season. At Eccles, we believe in Rugby for all and we take pride in our Home-Grown principles. Our Junior programme regularly produces talented young players and last year we were delighted to see eight Eccles lads wear the red rose of Lancashire. Boys are not the whole story either, as our Men’s and Ladies sections share the same belief and commitment to player propagation, our latest success story being Detysha Harper receiving her call up to the Women's England Squad for this seasons 6 nations championship. We achieve everything we do in, and for, our community, through the efforts of dedicated volunteers and the generous support of sponsors who share our ambition and passion. Thank you to all our referees, who like players, work during the week and then step out onto the field to officiate. They do their jobs under pressure and I would encourage rugby spectators and staff to understand and be more appreciative of their role in rugby. Without them we would not have the games today. Cheers, Thorpey. Paul Thorpe, Chairman, Eccles RFC HEAD COACH NOTES Hello and a very warm welcome to all our visitors to Gorton Street this weekend. The weekend starts with the First team looking to take much needed points away from a game against the league leaders Glossop. Eccles currently sit on the relegation trapdoor 3 points behind Bolton RUFC but with a game in hand. The lads will be looking to build some pressure on their Lancashire rivals but need a more consistent performance from themselves to do that with opportunities running out. The 2nd team are being hosted by old friends Aldwinians RUFC. Eccles again will looking to obtain points to climb the league table to secure their league position for 2020/21 season. Good luck to all our Men pulling on the Navy n White Hoops today I’m sure they will be leaving nothing in the tank with what’s at stake. Sunday will see our Ladies play host to Darlington Ladies at Gorton Street. Eccles have put together a run of solid performances and victories recently. A continuation of this form from coach James Wright’s team this Sunday would see them leapfrog the visitors from 5th to 4th position in the league which would pretty much cement a mid table finish for the Eccles Ladies this season. Eccles RFC’s Senior Colts host Aldwinians RUFC this Sunday in the Semi Final of the Lancs Trophy. Our guests have been very strong the past couple of seasons at Senior Colts level but Eccles have begun to find an improved level of performance recently that hasn’t been there all season, picking up some good wins in the Cup competitions. If they can raise their game, and a team, they could earn themselves place in a county final. Finally a big thank you must go out to all our sponsors without you non of what we do at Eccles RFC would be possible. I hope those that attended sponsors day last Saturday fully enjoyed themselves and got to see first hand how they support the club on a weekly basis with their generosity. Sam Simpson, Director Of Rugby / Head Coach, Eccles RFC
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ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION NORTH TWO WEST Glossop Manchester Rochdale Leigh Anselmians Aspatria Southport Tarleton De la Salle (Salford) Aspatria Winnington Park Bolton Eccles Sefton GAMES RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 20 17 1 2 609 325 284 85 14 1 19 17 0 2 743 228 515 84 15 1 20 17 1 2 569 323 246 82 12 0 20 13 2 5 568 428 140 70 12 2 20 12 0 8 569 479 90 62 8 21 20 20 19 19 20 21 20 21 8 0 13 502 488 14 45 5 8 1 11 403 520 -117 44 6 7 0 13 407 501 -94 43 9 9 0 10 361 538 -177 39 2 7 0 12 418 549 -131 39 6 6 0 14 428 618 -190 36 7 6 1 14 441 557 -116 34 5 6 0 14 391 594 -203 31 5 4 0 17 348 609 -261 26 4 6 8 4 6 1 5 5 3 2 6 ECCLES MEN 2XV County Courier Services Division 2 North Orrell 2XV Leigh 2XV Littleborough 2XV Tarleton 2XV AldwiniansXV Keswick 2XV West Park (St. Helens) 2XV Leyland Warriors 1XV Southport 2XV Eccles 2XV De la Salle (Salford) 2XV Oldham 2XV GAMES P W D L RESULTS POINTS F TOTALS 18 12 2 4 575 313 262 70 0 18 11 0 7 429 259 170 64 0 17 11 0 6 307 313 -9 16 8 0 8 284 276 8 63 0 53 0 16 10 0 6 372 281 91 49 0 16 16 14 18 16 16 17 8 1 7 354 205 149 47 0 7 0 9 296 321 -25 46 0 7 0 6 242 221 21 45 0 6 0 12 278 465 -187 42 0 6 0 10 313 389 -76 41 0 5 2 9 297 358 -61 39 0 5 0 12 240 583 -343 34 0 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 3 2 5 0 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 ECCLES MENS TABLES MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 Aldwinians - CUP A 07-Sep-19 Southport 14-Sep-19 Tarleton 28-Sep-19 Aspatria 05-Oct-19 Anselmians 12-Oct-19 Aspull 19-Oct-19 Bolton 26-Oct-19 De La Salle 02-Nov-19 09-Nov-19 Manchester 16-Nov-19 Glossop 23-Nov-19 Leigh 30-Nov-19 07-Dec-19 Rochdale 14-Dec-19 Sefton 21-Dec-19 28-Dec-18 04-Jan-20 Tarleton 18-Jan-20 Aspatria 25-Jan-20 01-Feb-20 Anselmians 08-Feb-20 Aspull 15-Feb-20 Bolton 22-Feb-20 29-Feb-20 De La Salle 07-Mar-20 Manchester 14-Mar-20 Glossop 21-Mar-20 Leigh 28-Mar-20 Rochdale 04-Apr-20 Sefton 11-Apr-20 18-Apr-20 Southport 25-Apr-20 A 29 - 64W H 37 - 35W 21-Sep-19 Winnington Park A 49 - 25L H 16 - 10W A 29 - 12L H 46 - 22W A 28 - 20L H 15 - 17L H 52 - 22L A 24 - 00L H 22 - 33L A 22 - 10L H 10 - 22L A 17 - 10L 11-Jan-20 Winnington Park H 12 - 37L A 41 - 5L H 24 - 22W A 37 - 26L H 10 - 9W A P - P H 5 - 59L H A H A H Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV A 15 - 19W H 7 - 38W A P - P A 43 - 0L H 33 - 7W A 5 - 0L A H A West Park (St. Helens) H Leyland Warriors 1XV A Mens 2XV HA Results Leyland Warriors 1XV H Post Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle 2XV Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV H 35 - 29W A 17 - 00L H 12 - 29L H 12 - 38L A 52 - 07L H 6 - 21L H 7 - 17L A 17 - 58W H 26 - 35L West Park (St. Helens) A 21 - 10L
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Eccles Senior Colts 1. Jahn Saunders 2. Cameron Smollet 3. Callum Fryer 4. Paul Stringer 5. James Hooker 6. Callum Brady 7. Max Mulligan 8. Riley Thornton 9. Tom Bates 10. Joseph Molloy 11. Cameron MacDonald 12. Alex Speakman 13. Daniel Delaney 14. Tallis Keeler 15. Joshua Stafford 16. William Timmins 17. Ollie White 18. Jay Christey 19. Joshua Masters #Home-Grown at Eccles RFC Aldwinians Senior Colts 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. TBC TODAY’S REFEREE: Alan Blackburn (Madrefs) TEAM SHEETS ECCLES SENIOR COLTS The season has seen the Eccles Senior Colts struggle for numbers often playing with a man down and, as a mixed squad of U17’s and U18s, the team has been up against it but always remaining positive and committed to the last blow of the whistle. The last game was no exception. In blustery conditions with the rain ever threatening it was touch and go whether we would be able to fulfil the fixture against Rossendale in the Senior Colts Plate. As holders of that Silverware, the team were determined to make a good start and with a full front row we were able to play contested scrums for one of the first times this season and good performances across the board saw confidence levels increasing as the game progressed. 4 tries for Man of the match Timmo, a try a piece from Tallis, James and Cameron Smollet and Joe and Josh taking on kicking with 2 conversions each resulted in a convincing win of 43 to 7. This was the most dominant performance of the season and takes the lads to the Quarter Final of the Senior Colts Plate vs Makos, Sunday 22nd March. Let’s hope we can bag some of the confidence and commitment from that game for this Sunday’s Semi Final of the Lancashire Colts U18 Joe McDonough Trophy vs Aldwinians who play their rugby in a higher division and will no doubt arrive with a full squad and provide a tough test for the lads. Last season Eccles were beaten finalists in this competition so as we aim to go one better this year your support will be much appreciated. Congratulations to Tallis Keeler who represented Eccles at county level recently, playing for Lancashire U17s vs Yorkshire. Lancashire U18 Colts Trophy Semi-Final Eccles v Aldwinians - Sunday 15th March Kick Off 2.00pm at Eccles RFC
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ECCLES LADIES Eccles Ladies Victorious Again! After a great victory last week away at Sunderland, Eccles Ladies were hoping to build on that performance and come away with another win against Birkenhead Park to strengthen their position in the League. The game started well, with Eccles moving quickly through the phases, getting the ball out wide to Jess, who with great footwork scored the first try of the game. Birkenhead followed swiftly with a try of their own. The attacking pressure from Eccles didn’t ease off and most of the play occurred deep in the opposition’s half. Great handling kept Birkenhead on their toes, and it wasn’t long before Eccles scored their 2nd try. Another try came swiftly from the restart, with a great run from Jess and offload to Mikayla who ran half the length of the pitch to score. Eccles continued to attack, and with play in the opposition’s 22, short balls were adopted until Siobhan went over the line. Multiple conceded penalties awarded Birkenhead the opportunity to score and they took it, going over the line for their 2nd. The penalties against Eccles continued to mount up and 3 yellow cards were given in quick succession, bringing Eccles down to 12 going into half time. (HT: 24-10) Eccles managed to hold on but being outnumbered it was only a matter of time until Birkenhead went over the line for their 3rd try of the game. There was great line speed in defence and kicking and ball possession from Eccles, but just as Eccles were back to 13 another yellow card was issued. Another Birkenhead try followed scored out wide. Eccles responded with a great turnover by Kathy, followed by a great run by Siobhan using her footwork to find the gaps to go over the line for her 2nd try. More penalties against Eccles continued, and with that Birkenhead were able to slowly move up the field and score another try. Eccles back to 15 were able to see out the game with great attack and defence, even if it was disjointed due to constant penalty stoppages. A difficult game for Eccles, but they showed their strength and depth as a team being able to emerge victorious even after going down to 12 at a crucial time. FT: 31-25 A lot of positives to take into our last game of the season against Darlington Ladies on Sunday, where win would take us above them into 4th place in the championship.
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ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH TWO Sefton Ladies Crewe & Nantwich Ladies Manchester Ladies Darlington Ladies Eccles Ladies Didsbury TOC H Ladies Birkenhead Park Ladies Sunderland Ladies GAMES P 13 13 11 9 13 9 10 12 RESULTS W D 11 9 6 5 5 4 2 1 L 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 3 4 8 5 8 10 POINTS F A 473 159 314 368 160 208 299 175 124 182 181 1 -59 57 44 25 24 20 9 TOTALS 258 429 -171 24 146 205 193 353 -160 12 151 408 -257 DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 11 8 7 4 4 4 4 3 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Conference League-Senior D GAMES Senior Colts Senior D (U18's) Birkenhead Park Colts Kendal Colts P Bury Colts Makos Colts Wigan Colts Eccles Colts Preston G/Hoppers Colts 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 RESULTS W D 1 0 2 1 1 1 0 9 9 7 6 4 3 1 L 2 3 3 5 7 8 11 POINTS F A 275 132 143 373 143 230 212 207 228 208 187 188 5 20 -1 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 52 50 44 40 28 176 316 -140 27 166 423 -257 17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 1 2 2 -1 ECCLES LADIES & COLTS FIXTURES Date Eccles Ladies 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 08-Sep-19 Darlington 15-Sep-19 Didsbury TOC H 22-Sep-19 29-Sep-19 06-Oct-19 Manchester 27-Oct-19 03-Nov-19 Sefton 10-Nov-19 17-Nov-19 Birkenhead Park 24-Nov-19 Sunderland 01-Dec-19 08-Dec-19 Didsbury TOC H 15-Dec-19 22-Dec-19 29-Dec-18 05-Jan-20 Manchester H 12 - 47L 12-Jan-20 Crewe & Nantwich H 5 - 24L 19-Jan-20 26-Jan-20 02-Feb-20 Sefton 09-Feb-20 16-Feb-20 23-Feb-20 Birkenhead Park 30-Feb-20 01-Mar-20 Sunderland 08-Mar-20 Birkenhead Park 15-Mar-20 Darlington 22-Mar-20 29-Mar-20 05-Apr-20 12-Apr-20 19-Apr-20 A 66 - 0L H P - P A 17 - 25W H 31 - 25W H Makos Kendal Tarleton Preston Grasshoppers H A A 34 - 26L A 39 - 17L WO P - P 34 - 26L 39 - 17L A Post H 20 - 19W A 43 - 14L 13-Oct-19 Crewe & Nantwich A 86 - 10L 20-Oct-19 H 26 - 36W A 5 - 31W H 79 - 10W A 17 - 0L Preston Grasshoppers A 22 - 29W H Wigan Birkenhead Park Bury HW A 26 - 11L H 5 - 15L Senior Colts Tarleton Wigan Birkenhead Park Colts Cup - Southport Bury Makos Kendal HA Results H Post A 53 - 26L H 12 - 16L H A 28 - 28D H 17 - 22L H 5 - 61L
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ECCLES JUNIORS Welcome to this week’s Mini and Junior ‘Rugby Soap Box View’! There’s plenty to ponder over with the corona virus developments affecting international fixtures down to grass roots games. (For those who saw the England v Wales battle, it appears COVID-19 effects prop forwards in a different way! Cheeky Joe!) Last Saturday, the club hosted our sponsors with hospitality on the balcony, as the U7s braved the cold on the pitch as mascots! The previous Sunday saw the club open its doors to over 300 juniors and their supporting parents/carers who at last overcame the recent weather to enjoy some rugby! The kitchen was stretched to the max, but, Marie and her band of volunteers did it without any self-isolation! My point is this - we rallied as a collective to provide players young and old with an opportunity to enjoy the sport we love. Junior rugby now underpins many established clubs who have, sadly, suffered the loss of several of their senior teams and are now reliant on their youth and ladies sections with Sunday sessions propping up clubs across the country. To see at first-hand how this relates to the future of Eccles provides mixed emotions as an ex-first team player but, with such a vibrant junior section the emphasis to continue to nurture our future senior players remains more important than ever. Our U14s who are set to Tour Worcester in April have just secured a new team sponsor, and are also in the quarter final of the Lancs Plate this Sunday away at Littleborough - Good Luck lads. The U16s have two Lancashire representatives and are also set to compete in their own Lancs Cup quarter final this Sunday. Our other age groups are growing in numbers and strength and are fortunate to have some wonderful coaches and managers with some amazing support from our administrative staff. So, can a rugby club survive on a successful junior section alone? Some say of course it can. Enjoy your rugby this weekend! Paul Fleming, M&J Chairman, Eccles RFC ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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BILL LOWE - OBITUARY Bill Lowe 1931-2020 It is with great sadness that we announce that our long serving, loyal member Bill Lowe passed away suddenly at home last Wednesday morning. He was 88. Bill joined Eccles RFC in 1948 as a local 18 year old, the year the club moved to Gorton Street and the same year Harry Broomhead and Ken Faulkner joined. Bill was our oldest past player and one of the last of the old players who were affectionally first labelled “ the fossils” when they grouped together on Saturdays and Mondays in the corner area of the club and then at the side of the bar. Between his playing career and taking on his many administrative positions, Bill was often away from the Club in the seventies and eighties pursuing business opportunities both in the UK and abroad. On Bill and Pauline’s permanent return to Manchester, Bill’s final venture Metremix Concrete appears in the 1993 club handbook and stayed there until he sold the business upon his retirement. Bill’s entrepreneurship and humour shine through with marketing gems such as “Willmix” and “William the Concretor” a title he took great pleasure answering the phone with. From being a regular first team second rower, Bill went on to serve on the Committee over three decades from 1993 until 2019. Bill was our club’s Lancashire representative for two decades from 2000 until 2019 and also served on the Lancashire Cup Committee. Bill was regular member of the Eccles balcony support and attended our recent home fixture v Bolton. He will be missed. Funeral details: 12noon, Wednesday 18th March at Altrincham Crematorium WA14 5RH
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Dear Members, We appreciate many of you will have concerns regarding the evolving COVID-19 situation and its influence on public gatherings and sporting events. We understand the trust you place in the club every time you and your family visit our facilities. Until we are advised otherwise, fixtures for Minis, Juniors, Colts and Seniors will continue. Our annual end of season presentations and our fund-raising marquee events in May are still planned to go ahead. Our social media and website will be updated with any change. You can also help us to communicate quickly and easily with you by ensuring your contact details are up-to-date on the GMS system. Please be assured the cleanliness of our clubhouse is of utmost importance. All volunteers willing lend a hand to help share the burden of maintaining our already rigorous cleaning standards will be welcomed. Thank you for your continued support during these uncertain and unprecedented times. The latest information and advice is available via the Government website and updated daily https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public Eccles RFC Committee. SPONSORSHIP AND FUNDING Eccles RFC is run by dedicated volunteers. With over 120 years behind us we are a resilient, ambitious, progressive, inclusive, community rugby club and welcome support from businesses who share our ambition and passion. Sponsorship opportunities 2019/20 Community Coaching sponsorship - £15k Platinum Club Sponsorship - £10k Duke of Edinburgh Award Sponsorship - £10k Senior Team Sponsorship - £5k Junior Team Sponsorship - £3k Pitch-side Advertising boards - £500 Programme advertisement - £250 Senior Player Sponsorship - £150 Our sponsorship packages are flexible. For more information please email us at sponsorship@ecclesrfc.org.uk 1897 You can raise money for Eccles RFC every time you shop online by using EasyFundraising.co.uk Just register on the website, name us as your cause and shop as normal. The club receives a donation for the purchases you make. Easy.
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CLUB INFORMATION PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend. This is officially our 122nd anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 71 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. The 1XV gained promotion last year playing attacking rugby with renewed conviction, something which we hope cascades down through the club this season. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. For the start of the new season the club has installed a new 3G artificial turf floodlit training area which all teams will benefit and the technical area on the edge of the first team pitch has also been replaced and expanded meaning that some players will not even get mud on their boots ! The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I’m limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We also now offer ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday night at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. I would also like to thank our volunteers who operate our DofE section which complements the ethos of rugby and offers so much to young people in their future life. Congratulations to the groups who have achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold award this year. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshments. Mark Dutton, President, Eccles RFC
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club. I would like to offer a warm welcome to Bolton Rugby Union Football Club, who like ourselves are experiencing a mixed season. Bolton, have suffered 5 losses in a row, the latest being De La Salle 19-33 and currently sit 11th in the league with 32 points. Eccles are 13th with 27 points and both teams will no doubt see today's contest as an important winnable fixture. When they last met Eccles began well, only for errors and missed opportunities to hand Bolton a 28-20 victory. Although Eccles have 8 games left, we still have 6 of the top 7 teams to play. Our never say die attitude claimed a bonus point in defeat at Aspull and will need to keep this battling spirit up until the season ends, as a mere 6 points will take us into 10th place and out of the relegation zone. At Eccles we believe in Rugby for all and we take pride in our Home-Grown principles. Our Junior programme regularly produces talented young players and last year we were delighted to see eight Eccles lads wear the red rose of Lancashire. Boys are not the whole story either, as our Men’s and Ladies sections share the same belief and commitment to player propagation. We achieve everything we do in, and for, our community, through the efforts of dedicated volunteers and the generous support of sponsors who share our ambition and passion. Thank you to all our referees, who like players, work during the week and then step out onto the field to officiate. They do their jobs under pressure and I would encourage rugby spectators and staff to understand and be more appreciative of their role in rugby. Without them we would not have the games today. Cheers Thorpey HEAD COACH NOTES Firstly I would like to extend a warm welcome to Gorton Street from myself and the players to the travelling sides from Bolton and Keswick. The 1XV welcome old rivals Bolton RUFC in the latest chapter in a saga that has seen both teams compete for titles in their pursuit of level 6 rugby. Early in the season, the reverse fixture did not disappoint, with both teams in good form our opponents today ultimately came out on top, fighting back from 3-10 down after 20 mins, to win 28-20. A fiercely contested fixture is always a given when these two sides meet and it is my hope that this time the result again favours the home side. The 1XV are beginning to rise from a midseason slump and with Gavin back on try scoring form and Reece James adding impact in the centres expectation is again high for the Gorton Street faithful. Our 2XV had equal misfortune when making the trip to Keswick early in the year but have also recently found some consistency in availability and an upturn in results. With both senior sides at home we are expecting to see this form translate into results. A consistent pack combining a mixture of experience and youth, feeding a backline steered by the talismanic former 1XV vice captain Freddy Oakey is sure to excite the spectators. The best of luck to all of those wearing the blue and white of Eccles this afternoon. I look forward to greeting you into the clubhouse afterwards where you can enjoy our hospitality and the 6 Nations championship.
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MENS LEAGUE TABLES ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION NORTH TWO WEST Manchester Rochdale Glossop Leigh Anselmians Southport De la Salle (Salford) Aspull Aspatria Tarleton Bolton Winnington Park Eccles Sefton GAMES RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 18 16 0 2 684 223 461 79 14 1 18 15 1 2 511 283 228 73 11 0 17 14 1 2 489 257 232 70 11 1 18 11 2 5 525 395 130 61 11 2 18 11 0 7 511 433 78 56 7 18 18 18 18 18 17 18 18 18 8 1 9 380 481 -101 43 6 9 0 9 334 502 -168 39 2 7 0 11 398 516 -118 39 6 6 0 12 440 437 3 35 4 5 0 1 352 483 -131 33 7 6 1 10 378 447 -69 32 5 5 0 13 397 572 -175 31 6 5 0 13 376 526 -150 27 5 4 0 14 298 518 -220 25 4 5 3 1 5 7 6 1 5 2 5 ECCLES MEN 2XV County Courier Services Division 2 North Orrell 2XV Littleborough 2XV Leigh 2XV Tarleton 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Keswick 2XV Leyland Warriors 1XV West Park (St. Helens) 2XV Southport 2XV De La Salle (Salford) 2XV Eccles 2XV Oldham 2XV GAMES P W D L RESULTS POINTS F TOTALS 15 11 1 3 539 227 312 61 0 15 15 15 15 13 13 15 16 14 14 16 9 0 6 273 291 -18 53 0 9 0 6 404 240 164 52 0 8 0 7 262 250 12 51 0 9 0 6 372 281 91 44 0 7 1 5 309 136 173 42 0 7 0 6 237 216 21 42 0 6 0 9 234 311 -77 41 0 6 0 10 264 438 -174 39 0 5 2 7 297 353 -56 37 0 5 0 9 280 377 -97 34 0 4 0 12 218 569 -351 29 0 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 2 2 4 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 Aldwinians - CUP A 07-Sep-19 Southport 14-Sep-19 Tarleton 28-Sep-19 Aspatria 05-Oct-19 Anselmians 12-Oct-19 Aspull 19-Oct-19 Bolton 26-Oct-19 De La Salle 02-Nov-19 09-Nov-19 Manchester 16-Nov-19 Glossop 23-Nov-19 Leigh 30-Nov-19 07-Dec-19 Rochdale 14-Dec-19 Sefton 21-Dec-19 28-Dec-18 04-Jan-20 Tarleton 18-Jan-20 Aspatria 25-Jan-20 01-Feb-20 Anselmians 08-Feb-20 Aspull 15-Feb-20 Bolton 22-Feb-20 29-Feb-20 De La Salle 07-Mar-20 Manchester 14-Mar-20 Glossop 21-Mar-20 Leigh 28-Mar-20 Rochdale 04-Apr-20 Sefton 11-Apr-20 18-Apr-20 Southport 25-Apr-20 A 29 - 64W H 37 - 35W 21-Sep-19 Winnington Park A 49 - 25L H 16 - 10W A 29 - 12L H 46 - 22W A 28 - 20L H 15 - 17L H 52 - 22L A 24 - 00L H 22 - 33L A 22 - 10L H 10 - 22L A 17 - 10L 11-Jan-20 Winnington Park H 12 - 37L A 41 - 5L H 24 - 22W A 37 - 26L H A H H A H A H Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV A 15 - 19W H 7 - 38W A P - P A 43 - 0L H A A H A West Park (St. Helens) H Leyland Warriors 1XV A Mens 2XV HA Results Leyland Warriors 1XV H Post Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle 2XV Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV H 35 - 29W A 17 - 00L H 12 - 29L H 12 - 38L A 52 - 07L H 6 - 21L H 7 - 17L A 17 - 58W H 26 - 35L West Park (St. Helens) A 21 - 10L
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Eccles 2XV Keswick 2XV 1. Jack Robbins 2. John Hibbert 3. Rich Owen 4. Callum Burns 5. Callum Brady 6. Tom Mayo 7. Nathan Ayres 8. Ross Eaton # 9. Freddie Oakey 10. Alex Speakman 11. Tim Balogun # 12. Fin Cox # 13. Javi Manzanares 14. George Mistades-Johnson 15. Will Parkinson # 16. Simon Rodgers # 17. Sean Baines # 18. Jay Christey #Home-Grown at Eccles RFC 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. TBA TODAY’S REFEREE: Alan Woods (MADREFS) TEAM SHEETS ECCLES SENIOR COLTS The final league position at the end of the senior colts Halbro League saw us finish in 5th place in pool D with a total of 27 points. The pool was won by Birkenhead Park who beat us at the start of the season 16 – 12, close enough to gain a bonus point. The league has proved intriguing as there were surprise defeats for most of the sides. It has been a very competitive league and we have at times struggled to put out a full team of 15, dropping down to 13 at times. Our lads have been playing squads with up to 22 players and under the new RFU rules requiring all players to have a half game Eccles regularly faced nearly half a team with fresh legs. Games in the early part of the season meant we regularly played one man down until the rules changed at half term which meant that both teams had to play equal number of players. We have remained competitive all season in spite of our numbers which is a reflection of the skills and commitment of our players. We have bravely represented Eccles and fulfilled all our fixtures – a credit to the team and the club. We now move on to the cup games and with a bit of good fortune who knows what will happen next! Lancashire U18 Colts Trophy Semi-Final Eccles v Aldwinians Sunday 15th March Kick Off 2.00pm at Eccles RFC • Next season Eccles Senior Colts will compete in the NW Colts League Senior D • We train with the Seniors every Tuesday and Thursday 19:00 - 20:30. • Our fixtures are Sundays KO 14:00. • We are a combined U17/U18 Senior Colts team. • We are the 2018/19 NW Colts League Senior D Division Champions and the 2018/19 Lancashire & Cheshire Senior Colts Plate Winners (We were defeated Finalists in the 2018/19 Lancashire Senior Colts Trophy) • Our pre-season training starts 18th June. • Our commitment this season is to work hard and enjoy our development towards Senior Rugby. As such there will be opportunites throughout the season to play Saturday senior rugby as part of a structured transition into the adult game. • Our fixtures, results and contact details for our coaches and manager can all be found in the drop down tabs above. • Come down and join us. New players, regardless of experience, are always welcome. • To register (as a new player or new club member) please contact the club. • To pay club membership fees for the season click this link Annual Membership • For team news please follow @EcclesRFC and @EcclesColts on Twitter.
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ECCLES LADIES Eccles travelled away to Table Leaders Sefton, hoping for a win given such a close game at their last encounter. Although the Eccles defence seemed to be strong from the kick-off, it quickly became apparent why Sefton stand at the top of the table, with a quick try down the right wing. This seemed to become the story of the 1st half, with Sefton exploiting any space down the Eccles wings; with a total of 6 opposition tries scored before the break. However, not all of these were scored with ease, with Rebecca, Mikayla, Jo and Pippa all making superb tackles to slow down the play from Sefton and make life difficult for them to attack. Eccles seemed to have a better mind set going into the 2nd half, with great attacking plays from Mikayla, Jess and Sara in the backs, and from Leah, Karen and Rebecca in the forwards threatening the Sefton defence, giving the hope of several possible try scoring opportunities. For 10 minutes play was firmly in the Sefton half. However, it seemed that Eccles were beginning to tire, with several Sefton tries being scored in quick succession, mainly down the wings, where the opposition quick backs flourished. Great kicking from Sara and Mikayla kept pressure from the Eccles line at bay when required, pushing play further up field. Fantastic footwork from Hannah and Mikayla kept Sefton on their toes, and quite often several opposition players were required to make the tackle. However, the effort from Eccles was unable to be converted to points and only Sefton were able to put points on the board (with 6 2nd half tries being scored). Eccles struggled against the table leaders, never really getting into the game, but did display some periods of excellent play that exhibit their potential. FT: 0-66 Forward of the Match: Pippa Back of the Match: Jo
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ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH TWO Sefton Ladies Crewe & Nantwich Ladies Manchester Ladies Darlington Ladies Didsbury TOC H Ladies Eccles Ladies Birkenhead Park Ladies Sunderland Ladies GAMES P 11 11 11 9 7 11 8 10 RESULTS W D 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 9 8 6 5 3 3 2 1 L 1 3 3 4 4 8 6 8 POINTS F A 379 137 242 295 116 179 299 175 124 182 181 119 137 1 -18 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 47 40 35 24 15 202 387 -185 15 156 272 -116 10 129 356 -227 8 9 8 7 4 3 3 2 2 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Conference League-Senior D GAMES Senior Colts Senior D (U18's) Birkenhead Park Colts Kendal Colts P Bury Colts Makos Colts Eccles Colts Wigan Colts Preston G/Hoppers Colts 11 11 11 11 12 11 11 RESULTS W D 9 8 7 6 3 4 1 L 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 3 3 5 8 7 10 POINTS F A 275 132 143 307 136 171 212 207 228 208 5 20 -1 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 49 45 41 37 176 316 -140 27 187 188 25 159 357 -198 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 2 2 1 2 -1 ECCLES LADIES & COLTS FIXTURES Date Eccles Ladies 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 08-Sep-19 Darlington 15-Sep-19 Didsbury TOC H 22-Sep-19 29-Sep-19 06-Oct-19 Manchester 27-Oct-19 03-Nov-19 Sefton 10-Nov-19 17-Nov-19 Birkenhead Park 24-Nov-19 Sunderland 01-Dec-19 08-Dec-19 Didsbury TOC H 15-Dec-19 22-Dec-19 29-Dec-18 05-Jan-20 Manchester H 12 - 47L 12-Jan-20 Crewe & Nantwich H 5 - 24L 19-Jan-20 26-Jan-20 02-Feb-20 Sefton 09-Feb-20 16-Feb-20 23-Feb-20 Birkenhead Park 30-Feb-20 01-Mar-20 Sunderland 08-Mar-20 15-Mar-20 Darlington 22-Mar-20 29-Mar-20 05-Apr-20 12-Apr-20 19-Apr-20 A 66 - 0L H A H Makos Kendal Tarleton A Preston Grasshoppers H A 34 - 26L 39 - 17L P - P A 39 - 17L WO A Post H 20 - 19W A 43 - 14L 13-Oct-19 Crewe & Nantwich A 86 - 10L 20-Oct-19 H 26 - 36W A 5 - 31W H 79 - 10W A 17 - 0L Preston Grasshoppers A 22 - 29W H Wigan Birkenhead Park Bury HW A 26 - 11L H 5 - 15L Senior Colts Tarleton Wigan Birkenhead Park Colts Cup - Southport Bury Makos Kendal HA Results H Post A 53 - 26L H 12 - 16L H A 28 - 28D H 17 - 22L H 5 - 61L
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ECCLES JUNIORS Welcome to Eccles RFC mini and junior section and this week’s ‘grass roots view!’ Today’s first team opponents are Bolton to whom we wish a warm welcome. As the 6 nations is well underway, rivalries amplify with intensity and some good old traditional encounters hand the bragging rights to the victors! In similar contests down the years, the Eccles v Bolton fixture has provided a variety of talking points and this is continued amongst the junior ranks, I’m pleased to say! Such is the nature of this wonderful game, current form swings from one team then back to the other but, rest assured they will both be having a real go at one another! I’ve watched our U14s secure both home and away wins this season against Bolton well as our U16s beating the same opponents in an early cup round. With the exception of the U15s this Sunday, who are playing Clitheroe, the other age groups take on West Lancashire opposition; Liverpool Collegiate and Ormskirk respectively. Both are well established clubs and our fixtures against them have yielded some fine games down the years, and not too dissimilar any Bolton game, current form and bragging rights are all to play for! The most pleasing aspect for all the clubs I’ve mentioned is their continuing ability (and fortune!) to field good sized squads in most age groups at a time when, collectively, we are set to lose players back to RL or sadly, lose players from the game altogether. Regardless of local rivalries, the important thing here is to maintain this position so that we can enjoy our toe-to-toe encounters for many years to come! The minis and juniors train each weds from 6.30pm onwards. All welcome, regardless of ability! So, please enjoy your experience of our club and its hospitality and I thank you for your support! Good luck to all this weekend. Paul Fleming Mini and Junior Section Chair ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Eccles and Bolton have enjoyed some memorable matches over the years and thanks to this October 1997 Match programme, donated to the archives by Eccles RFC Hon. Treasurer Mike Bateman, we have an insight to the fixture at Gorton Street 22 years ago. Matt Bateman, Mike’s son, played at 13 that day and went on to play Rugby League professionally. For the record, Eccles won 22-7 and went on to win the away fixture 16-20 at Bolton in January too. Eccles played a total of 30 games in 1997/98 season with a tally of W14 D1 L16; the club President was Harry Broomhead and our chairman was a much younger Mark Dutton. Many members will no doubt recognise several familiar names on the sheet, some of whom continue their commitment to the club today as volunteer junior team coaches. Former Eccles Captain Paul Fleming remarked "There’s some interesting selections there!" Former Vice Captain and Eccles Fly-half Martin Ogden recalled “I was sent off in this game for getting whacked. Glen will claim I was knocked out, but that’s because he was replaced by Darren Cunliffe.” And Bolton’s number 10 that day, Mike Ince, who went on to play for Eccles, recollects "this was the game that Glen got me sinned binned!”. Mr Cahill has declined to comment, which is most unlike him. SPONSORSHIP AND FUNDING Eccles RFC is run by dedicated volunteers. With over 120 years behind us we are a resilient, ambitious, progressive, inclusive, community rugby club and welcome support from businesses who share our ambition and passion. Sponsorship opportunities 2019/20 Community Coaching sponsorship - £15k Platinum Club Sponsorship - £10k Duke of Edinburgh Award Sponsorship - £10k Senior Team Sponsorship - £5k Junior Team Sponsorship - £3k Pitch-side Advertising boards - £500 Programme advertisement - £250 Senior Player Sponsorship - £150 Our sponsorship packages are flexible. For more information please email us at sponsorship@ecclesrfc.org.uk 1897 You can raise money for Eccles RFC every time you shop online by using EasyFundraising.co.uk Just register on the website, name us as your cause and shop as normal. The club receives a donation for the purchases you make. Easy.
Eccles v Anselmians

ECCLES RFC PROG 01/02/2020


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CLUB INFORMATION PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend. This is officially our 122nd anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 71 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. The 1XV gained promotion last year playing attacking rugby with renewed conviction, something which we hope cascades down through the club this season. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. For the start of the new season the club has installed a new 3G artificial turf floodlit training area which all teams will benefit and the technical area on the edge of the first team pitch has also been replaced and expanded meaning that some players will not even get mud on their boots ! The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I’m limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We also now offer ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday night at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. I would also like to thank our volunteers who operate our DofE section which complements the ethos of rugby and offers so much to young people in their future life. Congratulations to the groups who have achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold award this year. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshments. Mark Dutton, President, Eccles RFC
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club. I would like to offer a warm welcome to Anselmians Rugby Union Football Club. Before the leagues were introduced, Anselmians were a regular fixture for Eccles, but we had not played them for many years until we visited their temporary ground at Rivacre Road last October. Supporters will recall an entertaining game that Anselmians won 29-12. But the game was closer than the score suggests, Eccles started well, but dropped off in the middle of the first half, with Anselmians taking full advantage. Eccles came back late on in the second half, with Anselmians receiving a red card, but it was all too little too late, with Anselmians taking a late try with Eccles throwing caution to the wind in search of valuable points. Their last match they were surprisingly beaten for a second time by De La Salle 18-20, a similar margin to our home defeat to De La Salle 15-17, a match we could and should have won. Eccles must see this as a game to be taken and get back to that early run of form, finishing the league how we started. We believe in Rugby for all and we take pride in our Home-Grown principles. Our Junior programme regularly produces talented young players and last year we were delighted to see eight Eccles lads wear the red rose of Lancashire. Boys are not the whole story either, as our Men’s and Ladies sections share the same belief and commitment to player propagation. We achieve everything we do in, and for, our community, through the efforts of dedicated volunteers and the generous support of sponsors who share our ambition and passion. Thank you to all our referees, who like players, work during the week and then step out onto the field to officiate. They do their jobs under pressure and I would encourage rugby spectators and staff to understand and be more appreciative of their role in rugby. Without them we would not have the games today. Cheers, Thorpey HEAD COACH NOTES Hello and welcome to everyone visiting Gorton Street today. The club has the 1XV at home this Saturday facing Anselmians and on Sunday, our Senior Colts are entertaining Preston Grasshoppers Senior Colts here at Gorton Street. The 1XV will certainly be looking to return to winning ways today after recent poor form despite losing against Aspatria last time out, a game in which our opponents played well and successfully prevented us from scoring apart from a solitary try despite our best efforts. Our defeats against Sefton, Tarleton and Aspatria however, were consistent in our inability to be creative enough or strong enough in the second half to seize control of close contests. In all three of those games we did not capitalise on the early points and pressure we accumulated. Furthermore, the players did not respond well to handling the pressure of the different interpretations of the laws by match officials, week by week. Both things we look to improve upon today as Eccles, after a positive start to the campaign, now find themselves second from the bottom of the table with 4 wins and 12 losses. Our opponents Anselmians, currently in fifth place, arrive in good form with hopes of raising their team even higher up the table. The Senior Colts, are also finding some games tough, but at the same time have made some determined efforts to keep pace with the opposition and are beginning to find good form, this Sunday they have the opportunity with a win to move up the table where they currenty occupy the second from the bottom position. Good Luck to everyone this weekend and thank you for all your support. Sam Simpson, DoR / Head Coach , Eccles RFC
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MENS LEAGUE TABLES ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION NORTH TWO WEST Manchester Glossop Rochdale Leigh Anselmians Southport De la Salle (Salford) Bolton Winnington Park Aspatria Aspull Tarleton Eccles Sefton GAMES RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 16 14 0 2 613 211 402 69 12 1 15 13 1 1 452 220 232 65 11 0 16 13 1 2 440 256 184 63 9 16 10 2 4 424 353 71 56 10 2 16 10 0 6 465 389 76 51 7 16 16 15 16 16 16 16 16 16 0 8 1 7 362 429 -67 42 6 8 0 8 294 454 -160 34 1 6 1 8 352 376 -24 32 5 5 0 11 384 455 -71 31 6 5 0 11 385 406 -21 29 3 5 0 11 322 483 -151 29 4 4 0 12 318 442 -124 28 6 4 0 12 326 467 -141 22 4 3 0 13 279 485 -206 21 4 4 2 1 1 5 6 5 6 2 5 ECCLES MEN 2XV County Courier Services Division 2 North Orrell 2XV Littleborough 2XV Tarleton 2XV Leigh 2XV Leyland Warriors 1XV Aldwinians 2XV Keswick 2XV De La Salle (Salford) 2XV Eccles 2XV Southport 2XV Oldham 2XV GAMES 13 14 13 13 11 14 11 13 West Park (St. Helens) 2XV 13 13 14 14 RESULTS P W D L F POINTS TOTALS 9 1 3 475 209 226 51 0 8 1 6 250 271 -21 48 0 8 0 5 228 212 16 47 0 8 0 5 325 205 120 45 0 7 0 4 220 146 74 40 0 8 0 6 334 281 53 39 0 6 0 5 228 110 118 34 0 5 1 7 283 339 -56 34 0 5 0 8 205 281 -76 34 0 5 0 8 280 334 -54 33 0 4 0 10 218 409 -191 29 0 4 0 10 194 443 -249 27 0 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 2 2 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 Aldwinians - CUP A 07-Sep-19 Southport 14-Sep-19 Tarleton 28-Sep-19 Aspatria 05-Oct-19 Anselmians 12-Oct-19 Aspull 19-Oct-19 Bolton 26-Oct-19 De La Salle 02-Nov-19 09-Nov-19 Manchester 16-Nov-19 Glossop 23-Nov-19 Leigh 30-Nov-19 07-Dec-19 Rochdale 14-Dec-19 Sefton 21-Dec-19 28-Dec-18 04-Jan-20 Tarleton 18-Jan-20 Aspatria 25-Jan-20 01-Feb-20 Anselmians 08-Feb-20 Aspull 15-Feb-20 Bolton 22-Feb-20 29-Feb-20 De La Salle 07-Mar-20 Manchester 14-Mar-20 Glossop 21-Mar-20 Leigh 28-Mar-20 Rochdale 04-Apr-20 Sefton 11-Apr-20 18-Apr-20 Southport 25-Apr-20 A 29 - 64W H 37 - 35W 21-Sep-19 Winnington Park A 49 - 25L H 16 - 10W A 29 - 12L H 46 - 22W A 28 - 20L H 15 - 17L H 52 - 22L A 24 - 00L H 22 - 33L A 22 - 10L H 10 - 22L A 17 - 10L 11-Jan-20 Winnington Park H 12 - 37L A 41 - 5L H A H A H H A H A H Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV A 15 - 19W H 7 - 38W A A H A A H A West Park (St. Helens) H Leyland Warriors 1XV A Mens 2XV HA Results Leyland Warriors 1XV H Post Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle 2XV Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV H 35 - 29W A 17 - 00L H 12 - 29L H 12 - 38L A 52 - 07L H 6 - 21L H 7 - 17L A 17 - 58W H 26 - 35L West Park (St. Helens) A 21 - 10L
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Eccles Senior Colts 1. John Saunders 2. Cameron Smollett 3. James Hooker 4. Ollie White 5. Callum Brady 6. Kai Sumner 7. Max Mulligan 8. Ryley Thornton 9. Tom Bates 10. Alex Speakman 11. Cameron MacDonald 12. Joe Molloy 13. Dan Delaney 14. William Timmins 15. Tallis Keeler 16. Peter Adinnu 17. Paul Stringer 18. Jay Christey 19. Josh Stafford 20. Anthony Davis 21. Daniel Reed TODAY’S REFEREE: Paul Meehan (MADREFS) Preston GH Senior Colts TBA TEAM SHEETS ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Last Sunday the Colts travelled to Kendal determined to improve on a 61-5 defeat dished out in October by strong opponent with a dominant pack and build on the momentum of a very good performance against Makos the previous weekend. Kendal sportingly loaned 14-man Eccles a winger to ensure an even-sided contest and the game kicked off in mild conditions on an excellent 1st team pitch surface. Eccles began with intensity and following a terrific turnover in midfield from Flanker Max Mulligan, kept possession and built pressure to pound away at the Kendal line, with tighthead Big John Saunders eventually smashing through the defence to score the opening try with 6 minutes played (0-5). Kendal equalled the score after 10 mins through a driving maul (5-5) and their forwards continued to truck up the middle with a predictable but effective Pick N Go game resulting in a try on 17 mins (12-5). Eccles responded to this set back superbly and through aggressive attacking rugby Dan Delaney scored under the posts to equal the score (12-12). 2 mins to the break the Kendal winger powered down the right evading tackles to put them ahead at the break in a very competitive first half of rugby, with Eccles very much in the game. (17-12 HT) A frustrating start to the second half however saw the Kendal forwards reassert their truck and trailer and, aided by some contentious play, scoring three times in close succession (34-12). Eccles were in no mood to lie down and battled back with admirable persistence taking the game to the hosts, with sustained pressure providing an opportunity for Alex Speakman to weave through to score (34-17) on 57 mins. Eccles' ferocious and committed tackling, pinned the hosts into their own half. A high chop on the resilient Speakman gave Eccles the opportunity to maintain the pressure on Kendal for an exciting end to the game, only for another PNG drive up the middle to result in a home try with 2 mins to go, much to the audible relief of their support. As with many colts fixtures this season, the final score does not do justice to the effort or character of the lads, the majority of whom are U17s playing in a very competitive U18 division. Kendal, who made the very most of their strong pack, were gracious hosts. It was enjoyable game played in good spirit where, in patches a defiant Eccles played some great rugby. (FT 39-17).
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ECCLES LADIES Over the last 21 seasons Eccles RFC Ladies have worked tirelessly to develop the women’s game in the Manchester area. We have been rewarded over the years with promotions, cup runs and country representation. As we enter our 22nd season we are proud offer rugby for women and girls of all ages and abilities. With a club and team ethos of rugby for everyone our qualified and skilled coaches offer a high-quality rugby experience for all whether complete amateur or old pro. After a difficult start to the 2019/20 season we are extremely optimistic about the coming season’s second half with renewed vigour and determination, multiple academy players graduating to the senior side and a strong preseason recruitment drive big things are expected. With the retention of our strong core squad and coaching team it is an exciting time to be an Eccles lady. Eccles are back to winning ways and in style, the ladies returned to the home of an old rival boasting an extremely strong backline, the prospect of a try fest had never been so real. Birkenhead Park Panthers are well known to the Ladies section for their direct confrontational style and relentless physicality but this would not be the way this game was played. Eccles with a point to prove took this game by the scruff of the neck and went about picking apart this Birkenhead Park side with phase after phase of controlled structure combined with glimpses of creative magic, that had the coaches and supporters purring at the possibilities. Final score Birkenhead Park 5 – Eccles Ladies 34. This team continues to grow week on week developing their skills and building on the foundations of comradery and determination engrained in our ethos. Eccles move forward this weekend into another fixture where they will hope to continue on this upwards curve and pick up more back to back victories than since the 2017/18 season. Any enquiries should be directed to james.g.wright@hotmail.com James Wright, Ladies Head Coach, Eccles RFC
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ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH TWO Sefton Ladies Crewe & Nantwich Ladies Manchester Ladies Darlington Ladies Eccles Ladies Didsbury TOC H Ladies Birkenhead Park Ladies Sunderland Ladies GAMES P 10 10 10 8 10 6 7 9 RESULTS W D 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 8 7 5 5 3 2 2 1 L 1 3 3 3 7 4 5 7 POINTS F A 313 137 176 262 109 153 255 151 104 175 148 27 75 132 228 -43 -96 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 42 35 30 24 202 321 -119 15 118 110 312 -202 10 10 8 8 7 6 4 3 2 2 2 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Conference League-Senior D Senior Colts Senior D (U18's) Birkenhead Park Colts Bury Colts Kendal Colts Makos Colts Wigan Colts Eccles Colts Preston G/Hoppers Colts GAMES P 10 11 10 10 10 11 10 W 8 7 7 6 4 2 1 RESULTS D 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 POINTS L 2 3 3 4 6 8 9 F 275 212 281 211 187 176 159 A 132 207 119 182 188 316 357 DIFF 100 24 120 -3 23 -110 -154 PTS 44 41 40 36 25 22 16 TOTALS TBP 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 LBP 2 0 2 2 1 2 2 ADJ -1 ECCLES LADIES & COLTS FIXTURES Date Eccles Ladies 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 08-Sep-19 Darlington 15-Sep-19 Didsbury TOC H 22-Sep-19 29-Sep-19 06-Oct-19 Manchester 27-Oct-19 03-Nov-19 Sefton 10-Nov-19 17-Nov-19 Birkenhead Park 24-Nov-19 Sunderland 01-Dec-19 08-Dec-19 Didsbury TOC H 15-Dec-19 22-Dec-19 29-Dec-18 05-Jan-20 Manchester H 12 - 47L 12-Jan-20 Crewe & Nantwich H 5 - 24L 19-Jan-20 26-Jan-20 02-Feb-20 Sefton 09-Feb-20 16-Feb-20 23-Feb-20 Birkenhead Park 30-Feb-20 01-Mar-20 Sunderland 08-Mar-20 15-Mar-20 Darlington 22-Mar-20 29-Mar-20 05-Apr-20 12-Apr-20 19-Apr-20 A H A H Makos Kendal Tarleton A A Preston Grasshoppers H A 34 - 26L 39 - 17L A Post H 20 - 19W A 43 - 14L 13-Oct-19 Crewe & Nantwich A 86 - 10L 20-Oct-19 H 26 - 36W A 5 - 31W H 79 - 10W A 17 - 0L Preston Grasshoppers A 22 - 29W H Wigan Birkenhead Park Bury HW A 26 - 11L H 5 - 15L Senior Colts Tarleton Wigan Birkenhead Park Colts Cup - Southport Bury Makos Kendal HA Results H Post A 53 - 26L H 12 - 16L H A 28 - 28D H 17 - 22L H 5 - 61L
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ECCLES JUNIORS Welcome to Eccles RFC mini and junior section and this week’s soap box debate: Another period of rugby controversy unfolds as the details of Saracens salary cap breach emerges, it pleases me to report that a number of our current junior section, and former junior section players have been on active duty representing Lancashire! Wonderful, and a tremendous indictment of the clubs’ philosophy of nurturing ‘Home Grown Talent’. Well done lads! So as these boys seek to enhance their rugby pedigree, I attended the Sale Sharks DPP last Friday evening where we currently have five U14s players under expert coaching, hopeful of emulating our Lancs reps. The level of intensity is apparent as all the players have gone through a selection process, so no new comers to the game here! The point I wish to raise is how this standard of coaching is now reflecting in the performances of the U14s team in particular. They are now on a run of 7 consecutive wins, still in the Lancs Cup and playing some fantastic rugby! There remains a bright future for the club indeed! On Sunday I got to briefly watch our U15s resplendent in their new kit and under the coaching eye of Finn Cox lose a close game 0-19. I then wandered towards the club house to take a look at our U16s who beat a brave Duckinfield on the first team pitch. All of this was taken in after observing en-route the volume of kids now involved in our mini section! In a contradiction of terms between the opening paragraph at the top of the page, it’s with pride I compile this report after seeing the foundations of our sport being properly embraced at junior level. A parent told me recently how much it meant to him after seeing his young son, new to the game, come on as a replacement winger, hugged and congratulated by one of the experienced forwards after he tackled his opponent saving a sure try, in a close fought win! Good luck today…. Whoever it is you’re supporting!! Paul Fleming, Mini and Junior Section Chair ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE ‘Recognition’ Part 5 of the Eccles RFC WW2 Story. ‘S. Rider 1903’ - Pictured Right Centre The outbreak of war in September 1939 led many men and women of the district to volunteer for duties that would assist the war effort, especially on the Home Front. The club’s archives contain a letter from member Sam Rider, dated Nov 1939, apologising for his absence at committee meetings due to his commitment in the evenings to voluntary ARP (Air Raid Precaution) work - a high risk occupation in an Industrial area targeted by enemy bombers. At the committee meeting of 1st December 1939 Hon. Treasurer Arthur Gilbody, tabled a motion that Mr S.R.Rider be elected as a the very first Honorary Life Member of the Club. Supported by Norman Bisbey (Chairman) and Tom Povey (Captain) it was unanimously carried in recognition of Sam’s active association with Eccles for over 50 years. In his youth Sam had been a regular player at Eccles until 1914 when WW1 had suspended Rugby fixtures. A published match report dated 23rd December 1903 described an 8th successive victory for Eccles with Sam scoring one of the tries to defeat Manchester Welsh. Between the wars Sam served as Eccles Chairman (1925-1937), then President and County Representative, duties it was noted Sam "discharged with characteristic cheerfulness”. As the German U-Boats torpedoed shipping convoys in British waters and the Government were preparing to announce rationing would include butter, bacon and sugar, Mr Gilbody wrote to Mr Rider on 23rd December 1939 to inform him of the news. During 1940, Sam steadfastly continued his enforcement of blackouts and trusted service to Eccles RFC by becoming a Trustee of the club's funds, alongside Norman Shaw, ensuring its survival through the Blitz to the end of the war. Sam Rider, a responsible dependable man, we salute you. 1897 September 2009, marked a tragic event in the club’s history when Christopher TIckle, whilst playing for Eccles RFC, suffered a severe neck injury and sadly died in hospital three weeks later. Chris was a popular 23 year old with a great love of life and sports, an infectious sense of humour, a willingness to help others and was about to begin studying at Salford University. In March 2010 he was posthumously awarded The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award by HRH Prince Phillip. As a tribute to Christopher, Eccles RFC was to become the first rugby club in the country to establish its own DofE awards programme in 2011 and continues honour his memory each year with its Club Person of the Year Award and fundraising activities in aid of spinal injuries research. This season, in recognition of the 10th Anniversary, the annual Christmas Christopher Tickle Memorial Cup match will take on a special significance. More details on this event to follow later in the year.
Eccles v Winnington Park

ECCLES RFC PROG 11/01/2020


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CLUB INFORMATION PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend. This is officially our 122nd anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 71 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. The 1XV gained promotion last year playing attacking rugby with renewed conviction, something which we hope cascades down through the club this season. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. For the start of the new season the club has installed a new 3G artificial turf floodlit training area which all teams will benefit and the technical area on the edge of the first team pitch has also been replaced and expanded meaning that some players will not even get mud on their boots ! The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I’m limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We also now offer ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday night at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. I would also like to thank our volunteers who operate our DofE section which complements the ethos of rugby and offers so much to young people in their future life. Congratulations to the groups who have achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold award this year. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshments. Mark Dutton, President, Eccles RFC
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club. I would like to offer a warm welcome and a Happy New year to Winnington Park Rugby Union Club and all our club members in this first home game of 2020. The last time both clubs met back in September, Winnington Park were flattered by a 49-25 victory, which does not reflect a hard fort game from both sides. Following a good start to the season, Eccles have hit a bad losing streak, and need to re-find that winning formula for this second half of the season, as we currently sit 3rd from the bottom. There is still a lot to play for, as a mere 5 points would take us to 8th place and a midtable position. On Sunday we welcome Crewe & Nantwich Ladies to Gorton street. Eccles Ladies have improved as the season goes on and this will prove a good test as Crewe and Nantwich were victors by 86-10 when we met each other back in October. We believe in Rugby for all and we take pride in our Home-Grown principles. Our Junior programme regularly produces talented young players and last year we were delighted to see eight Eccles lads wear the red rose of Lancashire. Boys are not the whole story either, as our Men’s and Ladies sections share the same belief and commitment to player propagation. We achieve everything we do in, and for, our community, through the efforts of dedicated volunteers and the generous support of sponsors who share our ambition and passion. Thank you to all our referees, who like players, work during the week and then step out onto the field to officiate. They do their jobs under pressure and I would encourage rugby spectators and staff to understand and be more appreciative of their role in rugby. Without them we would not have the games today. Cheers Thorpey HEAD COACH NOTES Hello and welcome to everyone visiting Gorton Street today at our first home fixture of 2020. The club has the 1XV at home this Saturday facing Winnington Park and on Sunday, the Ladies are entertaining Crewe & Nantwich here at Gorton Street. The 1XV will certainly be looking to return to winning ways today after recent poor form despite losing against Winnington Park earlier in the season, a game in which both sides played well but the opposition just had the edge in the second half. Our defeats against Rochdale, Sefton and Tarleton however, were consistent in our inability to be creative enough or strong enough in the second half to seize control of close contests. In all three of those games we did not capitalise on the early points and pressure we accumulated. Furthermore, the players did not respond well to handling the pressure of the different interpretations of the laws by match officials, week by week. Both things we look to improve upon today as Eccles, after a positive start to the campaign, now find themselves third from the bottom of the table with 4 wins and 10 losses. Our opponents Winnington Park, currently in ninth place, arrive in good form with hopes of raising their team even higher. The Ladies 1XV, are also finding some games tough such as Manchester away last weekend but at the same time have had some good wins against Sefton, Birkenhead Park and Sunderland and are finding good form this season, they have the opportunity with a win on Sunday to move up the table where they currenty occupy the fifth position. Good Luck to everyone this weekend and thank you for all your support. Sam Simpson, DoR / Head Coach , Eccles RFC
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MENS LEAGUE TABLES ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION NORTH TWO WEST Manchester Rochdale Glossop Leigh Anselmians Southport Bolton De la Salle (Salford) Winnington Park Tarleton Aspatria Eccles Sefton Aspull GAMES RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 14 12 0 2 550 204 346 60 11 1 14 12 1 1 373 211 162 57 7 13 11 1 1 378 210 168 55 9 14 14 14 13 14 13 14 14 14 14 13 8 2 4 365 309 56 46 8 9 0 5 410 41 69 45 6 7 1 6 311 372 -61 37 5 6 1 6 312 310 2 3 4 6 0 8 251 414 -163 26 1 4 0 9 332 383 -51 26 5 4 0 10 283 366 -83 26 5 4 0 10 322 378 -56 23 2 4 0 10 309 389 -80 22 4 3 0 11 266 392 -126 21 4 3 0 10 260 443 -183 18 2 0 0 2 3 2 1 1 5 5 5 2 5 4 ECCLES MEN 2XV County Courier Services Division 2 North Leigh 2XV Orrell 2XV Tarleton 2XV Littleborough 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Keswick 2XV Leyland Warriors 1XV West Park (St. Helens) 2XV De La Salle (Salford) 2XV Eccles 2XV Southport 2XV Oldham 2XV GAMES 12 11 11 11 11 9 9 12 10 11 12 11 P W D L RESULTS POINTS F TOTALS 8 0 4 325 205 120 45 0 7 1 3 377 192 185 41 0 7 0 4 203 171 32 41 0 7 0 4 201 193 8 40 0 7 0 4 281 218 63 32 0 6 0 3 190 62 128 31 0 5 0 4 182 34 48 30 0 4 0 8 167 281 -114 29 0 4 1 5 218 240 -22 27 0 3 0 8 223 312 -89 23 0 3 0 9 189 350 -161 23 0 3 0 8 144 342 -198 20 0 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 1 0 2 1 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 Aldwinians - CUP A 07-Sep-19 Southport 14-Sep-19 Tarleton 28-Sep-19 Aspatria 05-Oct-19 Anselmians 12-Oct-19 Aspull 19-Oct-19 Bolton 26-Oct-19 De La Salle 02-Nov-19 09-Nov-19 Manchester 16-Nov-19 Glossop 23-Nov-19 Leigh 30-Nov-19 07-Dec-19 Rochdale 14-Dec-19 Sefton 21-Dec-19 28-Dec-18 04-Jan-20 Tarleton 25-Jan-20 01-Feb-20 Anselmians 08-Feb-20 Aspull 15-Feb-20 Bolton 22-Feb-20 29-Feb-20 De La Salle 07-Mar-20 Manchester 14-Mar-20 Glossop 21-Mar-20 Leigh 28-Mar-20 Rochdale 04-Apr-20 Sefton 11-Apr-20 18-Apr-20 Southport 25-Apr-20 A 29 - 64W H 37 - 35W 21-Sep-19 Winnington Park A 49 - 25L H 16 - 10W A 29 - 12L H 46 - 22W A 28 - 20L H 15 - 17L H 52 - 22L A 24 - 00L H 22 - 33L A 22 - 10L H 10 - 22L A 17 - 10L 11-Jan-20 Winnington Park H 18-Jan-20 Aspatria A H A H A H H A H A H Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV A H A A H A A H A West Park (St. Helens) H Leyland Warriors 1XV A Mens 2XV HA Results Leyland Warriors 1XV H Post Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle 2XV Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV H 35 - 29W A 17 - 00L H 12 - 29L H 12 - 38L A 52 - 07L H 6 - 21L H 7 - 17L A 17 - 58W H 26 - 35L West Park (St. Helens) A 21 - 10L
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Eccles Ladies 1XV 1. Bonnie Fleming 2. Karen Radband 3. Heather Finch 4. Siobhan Mullen (C) 5. Kathy Kinahan 6. Mollie Young # 7. Rebecca Roden # 8. Freya Waterhouse # 9. Sheena Jamieson 10. Sara Davis 11. Jess Whitling # 12. Georgia Cunliffe # 13. Mikayla Hale 14. Lowri Jones 15. Mia Willemsen # 16. Leah Christian # 17. Emily Thomas 18. L. J. Crawford 19. Denver Mills # 1XV #Home-Grown at Eccles RFC Coach-James Wright TODAY’S REFEREE: Darragh McGrath (MADREFS) Crewe & Nantwich 1XV TBA TEAM SHEETS DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD In 2011 Eccles became the first rugby club to offers their junior members an opportunity to do the DofE and this has grown year on year. Our participants have achieved very close to 250 medals including 48 Gold awards. Last year we became a direct Licensing Authority, which means we no longer report to Salford City Council, but govern ourselves reporting to the DofE directly. This means we have more autonomy but all participants still need to be associated with the club as we cannot take external participants. There has been a fairly even split between lads and girls. At the end of May 2019, 12 more participants received their Gold Award at Buckingham Palace, a year since the last 10 Golds received their awards and two years since the one’s before. This will be our fourth group of participants we have sent for their Gold awards, three of which have been presented at Buckingham Palace. We have over 92% pass rate, we well above the national average, which a fantastic achievement and has been recognised by the DofE Governing body which lead to us becoming a direct Licensing Authority. Please carry on supporting this great cause and encourage your kids to get involved, it’s not for all so don’t force them but we have had many who have seen what fun and rewards that can be gained and have joined at a later stage. The same is said that some start and don’t progress to different levels and there are lots of reasons for this but they do have until they are 24 years old to complete so it is never an issue with coming back at a later stage. Those that do, create friends and memories for life and nothing can replace these. We also have a few volunteers who help out when required on expeditions, but we always welcome people to help out in any way you can. If you know anyone or wish to volunteer, please come forward. First Gold Group At St James Palace 2nd Gold Group At Buckingham Palace 3rd Group At Buckingham Palace 4th Group At Buckingham Palace
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ECCLES LADIES Over the last 21 seasons Eccles RFC Ladies have worked tirelessly to develop the women’s game in the Manchester area. We have been rewarded over the years with promotions, cup runs and country representation. As we enter our 22nd season we are proud offer rugby for women and girls of all ages and abilities. With a club and team ethos of rugby for everyone our qualified and skilled coaches offer a high-quality rugby experience for all whether complete amateur or old pro. After a difficult start to the 2019/20 season we are extremely optimistic about the coming season’s second half with renewed vigour and determination, multiple academy players graduating to the senior side and a strong preseason recruitment drive big things are expected. With the retention of our strong core squad and coaching team it is an exciting time to be an Eccles lady. Eccles are back to winning ways and in style, the ladies returned to the home of an old rival boasting an extremely strong backline, the prospect of a try fest had never been so real. Birkenhead Park Panthers are well known to the Ladies section for their direct confrontational style and relentless physicality but this would not be the way this game was played. Eccles with a point to prove took this game by the scruff of the neck and went about picking apart this Birkenhead Park side with phase after phase of controlled structure combined with glimpses of creative magic, that had the coaches and supporters purring at the possibilities. Final score Birkenhead Park 5 – Eccles Ladies 34. This team continues to grow week on week developing their skills and building on the foundations of comradery and determination engrained in our ethos. Eccles move forward this weekend into another fixture where they will hope to continue on this upwards curve and pick up more back to back victories than since the 2017/18 season. Any enquiries should be directed to james.g.wright@hotmail.com James Wright, Ladies Head Coach, Eccles RFC
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ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH TWO Sefton Ladies Crewe & Nantwich Ladies Manchester Ladies Darlington Ladies Eccles Ladies Didsbury TOC H Ladies Birkenhead Park Ladies Sunderland Ladies GAMES P 9 9 9 6 9 6 6 8 RESULTS W D 8 6 5 3 3 2 2 1 L 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 3 3 6 4 4 6 POINTS F A 294 118 176 238 104 134 236 132 104 117 128 -11 75 122 194 -43 -72 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 40 31 28 15 197 297 -100 15 118 100 288 -188 10 10 7 7 6 5 3 3 2 2 1 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Conference League-Senior D GAMES Senior Colts Senior D (U18's) Birkenhead Park Colts Bury Colts Kendal Colts Makos Colts Wigan Colts Eccles Colts Preston G/Hoppers Colts P 9 9 8 8 9 9 8 RESULTS W D 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 7 6 5 4 4 2 1 L 2 2 3 4 5 6 7 POINTS F A 97 218 118 100 181 157 217 24 148 151 182 159 120 -3 23 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 39 35 30 26 24 133 243 -110 20 120 274 -154 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 1 2 1 -1 ECCLES LADIES & COLTS FIXTURES Date Eccles Ladies 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 08-Sep-19 Darlington 15-Sep-19 Didsbury TOC H 22-Sep-19 29-Sep-19 06-Oct-19 Manchester 27-Oct-19 03-Nov-19 Sefton 10-Nov-19 17-Nov-19 Birkenhead Park 24-Nov-19 Sunderland 01-Dec-19 08-Dec-19 Didsbury TOC H 15-Dec-19 22-Dec-19 29-Dec-18 05-Jan-20 Manchester A 12-Jan-20 Crewe & Nantwich H 19-Jan-20 26-Jan-20 02-Feb-20 Sefton 09-Feb-20 16-Feb-20 23-Feb-20 Birkenhead Park 30-Feb-20 01-Mar-20 Sunderland 08-Mar-20 15-Mar-20 Darlington 22-Mar-20 29-Mar-20 05-Apr-20 12-Apr-20 19-Apr-20 A H A H 12 - 47L Makos Kendal Tarleton A A A Preston Grasshoppers H A A Post H 20 - 19W A 43 - 14L 13-Oct-19 Crewe & Nantwich A 86 - 10L 20-Oct-19 H 26 - 36W A 5 - 31W H 79 - 10W A 17 - 0L Preston Grasshoppers A 22 - 29W H Wigan Birkenhead Park Bury HW A 26 - 11L H 5 - 15L Senior Colts Tarleton Wigan Birkenhead Park Colts Cup - Southport Bury Makos Kendal HA Results H Post A 53 - 26L H 12 - 16L H A 28 - 28D H 17 - 22L H 5 - 61L
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ECCLES JUNIORS Happy 2020!! As we all start the new decade full of good intentions and promise, its back to all things rugby and my review of current rugby affairs! So, the RL have decided to see sense (some would say) and maintain the status quo where the seasons overlap. At least this gives us a definitive start/end date for payer availability! The M & J section have been blessed with a contingency of RL players and I know that certain age groups would not have been able to field teams if these boys were not available. Glancing through the age ranges, we are now seeing increased numbers at U7’s and 8’s following a recruitment drive on our social media channels. The 9’s – 13’s have also seen new players join up but we are still in need of more coaches should you be interested! As the first IX take on Winnington Park today, the U14s took on the same opponents recently down at Eccles, and came out on top in a great game, take a look at the photos. Let’s hope for a similar result for the senior team! The U15s have taken possession of a splendid new set of sponsored shirts to complement their growing ranks. The U16s continue with their fine recent form led by Captain Henry Dutton. Our Colts are due to play in the Lancs Cup tomorrow: please see John Christies report in the Colts section… some good support would be very much appreciated if you are available! As we enter into a new year, efforts turn towards the favourite part of the season (for some players!) with plans for Tours and Annual Dinner Dances! All good social stuff and an important influence in creating team spirit! Our Duke of Edinburgh people are set to undertake their final tasks in the next few months too! So all in all, a period of good news and stability makes for a pleasurable feed-back! Happy New Year to you all! Paul Fleming M & J Chairman ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS WALKING RUGBY Eccles Walking Rugby started after an email from Sale Sharks Community Trust inviting the club to participate in their initiative. Well we all know our club. It took less than two weeks for us to get organised and have our first session, that was back in May 2018 and we're still walking strong now. Walking Rugby is a new inclusive sport and an enjoyable way to get some exercise. It’s a much simpler and less physical version of the traditional game which brings ex-players of a certain age and those who are completely new to rugby together. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Say “Walking” to a bloke and he says “not for me”. Say “Rugby” to a woman and she says “not for me”, but I say give it a go. We encourage both men and women, young and not so young, skilled and not so skilled to get involved. Ladies with experience in netball will see it involves similar handling skills and agility. Guys, well you never lose it do you, but if you never had it the slower pace gives you more time to think about it. I've developed a sidestep I never knew I had! Playing on the AstroTurf allows us to play in any weather no special equipment required, although waterproofs and footwear with grip is a bonus. Our sessions are well supported and we regularly get 20+ players. On more than one occasion the ladies have outnumbered the men. The game is based on touch rugby. The attacking side are allowed 6 tackles (double handed touch) in which to score. After each tackle the attacking side has 3 seconds to pass the ball and the defending side must get back onside (3 metres). If after 6 tackles a try has not been scored the ball is handed over and it starts again. You soon get the hang of it. The whole idea is to have fun and enjoy the banter, reconnect with old friends and make new ones. The session is open to all regardless of skill level. Monday evenings 19.00 - 20.00 with a bragging session in the bar after if you fancy. It's great fun and easy. It must be if I can play it. Turn up and give it a try. Yours in Rugby, Benty Alan Bent, Walker, Eccles RFC
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CLUB INFORMATION PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend. This is officially our 122nd anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 71 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. The 1XV gained promotion last year playing attacking rugby with renewed conviction, something which we hope cascades down through the club this season. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. For the start of the new season the club has installed a new 3G artificial turf floodlit training area which all teams will benefit and the technical area on the edge of the first team pitch has also been replaced and expanded meaning that some players will not even get mud on their boots ! The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I’m limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We also now offer ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday night at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. I would also like to thank our volunteers who operate our DofE section which complements the ethos of rugby and offers so much to young people in their future life. Congratulations to the groups who have achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold award this year. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshments. Mark Dutton, President, Eccles RFC
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club. I would like to offer a warm welcome and a very Merry Christmas to Sefton and all our club members for this final 1st team game of the year. Sefton, although bottom of the table with only two wins, are very unfortunate to be in the position they are in with all their games being close scoring encounters. Today’s fixture will be seen by both teams as a must win game and with 6 losses in a row, Eccles will not be looking at giving away any early presents. We hope everybody can join us in a Christmas drink to prepare our vocal cords for the Coppull & Standish Band and all your festive old favourites including mulled wine, mince pies and Father Christmas at 5pm today. Please remember that on Saturday 28th December it is the 10th Anniversary Chris Tickle Memorial Game 2.15pm KO. This is our Annual Christmas fundraising event. Players are £10 which includes a memorial gift and after-match food. Please also remember to support our young men on the 22nd December when the colts have a 2pm kick off at home to Bury. ‘Home Grown’ is in our veins and our roots and our Junior programme at Eccles regularly produces talented male and female players vital to our sustained future success. We believe in Rugby for all and we take pride in our inclusive principles. In 2019 Eccles was recognised with two ‘Club of the Year Awards’ and was a nominated finalist for two more prestigious awards, a significant achievement thanks in no small part to the efforts of our dedicated volunteers and the generous support of our sponsors who share our ambition and passion. My thanks also go to our referees this year, who like players, work during the week and then step out onto the field to officiate. They do their jobs under pressure and I encourage spectators and staff to be more appreciative of their role in rugby. Without them we would have no games. Cheers, Thorpey. Paul Thorpe, Chairman, Eccles RFC HEAD COACH NOTES Hello and welcome to everyone visiting Gorton Street today. The club has only the 1XV at home this weekend facing Sefton on Saturday, with our 2XV away to West Park St. Helens, our Ladies do not have a fixture this week and our U18 Colts are away to Birkenhead Park on Sunday.. The 1XV will certainly be looking to return to winning ways today after recent poor form. Our defeats against Bolton, De La Salle and Manchester however, were consistent in our inability to be creative enough or strong enough in the second half to seize control of close contests. In all three of those games we did not capitalise on the early points and pressure we accumulated. Furthermore, the players did not respond well to handling the pressure of the different interpretations of the laws by match officials, week by week. Both things we look to improve upon today as Eccles, after a positive start to the campaign, now find themselves mid-table with 4 wins and 7 losses. Our opponents Sefton, currently in bottom place, arrive in good form with hopes of raising the team from the bottom slot The 2XVs, also struggling to find good form this season, have the opportunity with a win to move up the table alongside their opponent West Park St. Helens 2s, Good Luck to everyone this weekend and thank you for all your support. Sam Simpson, DoR / Head Coach , Eccles RFC
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MENS LEAGUE TABLES ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION NORTH TWO WEST Rochdale Manchester Glossop Leigh Anselmians Southport Bolton Winnington Park De la Salle (Salford) Tarleton Eccles Aspatria Aspull Sefton GAMES RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS 12 12 0 0 354 166 188 55 7 12 10 0 2 476 187 289 50 9 11 10 0 1 340 179 161 48 8 12 12 12 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 7 2 3 333 247 86 41 7 7 0 5 362 310 52 37 6 6 1 5 275 338 -63 32 5 5 1 5 270 284 -14 26 4 4 0 8 307 355 -48 25 5 5 0 7 218 375 -157 22 1 3 0 9 266 334 -68 22 5 4 0 8 289 350 -61 21 4 3 0 9 286 333 -47 19 2 3 0 9 239 420 -181 17 2 2 0 10 220 357 -137 15 3 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 1 0 2 3 1 0 4 1 5 1 5 3 4 ECCLES MEN 2XV County Courier Services Division 2 North Leigh 2XV Tarleton 2XV Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leyland Warriors 1XV Aldwinians 2XV De La Salle (Salford) 2XV Littleborough 2XV West Park (St. Helens) 2XV Eccles 2XV Oldham 2XV Southport 2XV GAMES 10 10 9 8 9 10 9 8 10 10 10 9 P W D L RESULTS POINTS F TOTALS 7 0 3 294 161 133 39 0 6 0 4 203 171 32 36 0 6 1 2 301 144 157 35 0 6 0 2 190 62 128 31 0 5 0 4 182 134 48 30 0 6 0 4 217 206 11 27 0 4 1 4 211 223 -12 26 0 4 0 4 136 174 -38 25 0 3 0 7 141 240 -99 23 0 3 0 7 213 291 -78 22 0 3 0 7 144 278 -134 19 0 2 0 7 138 286 -148 17 0 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 1 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 Aldwinians - CUP A 07-Sep-19 Southport 14-Sep-19 Tarleton 28-Sep-19 Aspatria 05-Oct-19 Anselmians 12-Oct-19 Aspull 19-Oct-19 Bolton 26-Oct-19 De La Salle 02-Nov-19 09-Nov-19 Manchester 16-Nov-19 Glossop 23-Nov-19 Leigh 30-Nov-19 07-Dec-19 Rochdale 14-Dec-19 Sefton 21-Dec-19 28-Dec-18 04-Jan-20 Tarleton 25-Jan-20 01-Feb-20 Anselmians 08-Feb-20 Aspull 15-Feb-20 Bolton 22-Feb-20 29-Feb-20 De La Salle 07-Mar-20 Manchester 14-Mar-20 Glossop 21-Mar-20 Leigh 28-Mar-20 Rochdale 04-Apr-20 Sefton 11-Apr-20 18-Apr-20 Southport 25-Apr-20 A 29 - 64W H 37 - 35W 21-Sep-19 Winnington Park A 49 - 25L H 16 - 10W A 29 - 12L H 46 - 22W A 28 - 20L H 15 - 17L H 52 - 22L A 24 - 00L H 22 - 33L A 22 - 10L H A 11-Jan-20 Winnington Park H 18-Jan-20 Aspatria A H A H A H H A H A H Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV A H A A H A A H A West Park (St. Helens) H Leyland Warriors 1XV A Mens 2XV HA Results Leyland Warriors 1XV H Post Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle 2XV Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV H 35 - 29W A 17 - 00L H 12 - 29L H 12 - 38L A 52 - 07L H 6 - 21L H 7 - 17L A 17 - 58W H 26 - 35L West Park (St. Helens) A
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ECCLES LADIES Over the last 21 seasons Eccles RFC Ladies have worked tirelessly to develop the women’s game in the Manchester area. We have been rewarded over the years with promotions, cup runs and country representation. As we enter our 22nd season we are proud offer rugby for women and girls of all ages and abilities. With a club and team ethos of rugby for everyone our qualified and skilled coaches offer a high-quality rugby experience for all whether complete amateur or old pro. After a difficult 2018/19 season we are extremely optimistic about the coming season with a new 1XV captain, multiple academy players graduating to the senior side and a strong preseason recruitment drive big things are expected. With the retention of our strong core squad and coaching team it is an exciting time to be an Eccles lady. Eccles back to winning ways and in style, the ladies returned to the home of an old rival on Sunday boasting and extremely strong backline, the prospect of a try fest has never been so real. Birkenhead Park Panthers are well known to the ladies section for there direct confrontational style and relentless physicality but this would not be the way this game was played. Eccles with a point to prove took this game by the scruff of the neck and went about picking apart this Birkenhead park side with phase after phase of controlled structure combined with glimpses of creative magic, that had the coaches and supporters purring at the possibilities. Final score Birkenhead Park 5 – Eccles Ladies 34. This team continues to grow week on week developing their skills and building on the foundations of comradery and determination engrained in our ethos. Eccles move forward this weekend into another fixture where they will hope to continue on this upwards curve and pick up there first back to back victories since the 2017/18 season. Any enquiries should be directed to james.g.wright@hotmail.com James Wright, Ladies Head Coach, Eccles RFC
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ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH TWO Sefton Ladies Crewe & Nantwich Ladies Manchester Ladies Darlington Ladies Eccles Ladies Didsbury TOC H Ladies Birkenhead Park Ladies Sunderland Ladies GAMES P 8 8 8 6 8 5 6 7 RESULTS W D 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 5 4 3 3 2 2 1 L 1 3 3 3 5 3 4 5 POINTS F A 97 189 120 117 128 185 250 98 75 122 194 93 274 118 156 197 100 69 -11 -65 -23 -72 TOTALS 247 -154 DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 35 26 23 15 15 10 10 7 7 6 5 3 3 2 2 1 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Conference League-Senior D GAMES Senior Colts Senior D (U18's) Birkenhead Park Colts Bury Colts Kendal Colts Makos Colts Wigan Colts Eccles Colts Preston G/Hoppers Colts P 8 8 7 8 8 8 7 RESULTS W D 6 5 5 4 3 2 1 L 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 2 2 4 5 5 6 POINTS F A 194 111 166 152 210 73 148 151 146 147 83 14 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 34 30 29 26 19 137 -3 -1 128 228 -100 19 108 238 -130 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 1 2 1 -1 ECCLES LADIES & COLTS FIXTURES Date Eccles Ladies 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 08-Sep-19 Darlington 15-Sep-19 Didsbury TOC H 22-Sep-19 29-Sep-19 06-Oct-19 Manchester 27-Oct-19 03-Nov-19 Sefton 10-Nov-19 17-Nov-19 Birkenhead Park 24-Nov-19 Sunderland 01-Dec-19 08-Dec-19 Didsbury TOC H 15-Dec-19 22-Dec-19 29-Dec-18 05-Jan-20 Manchester H 12-Jan-20 Crewe & Nantwich H 19-Jan-20 26-Jan-20 02-Feb-20 Sefton 09-Feb-20 16-Feb-20 23-Feb-20 Birkenhead Park 30-Feb-20 01-Mar-20 Sunderland 08-Mar-20 15-Mar-20 Darlington 22-Mar-20 29-Mar-20 05-Apr-20 12-Apr-20 19-Apr-20 A H A H Makos Kendal Tarleton A A Preston Grasshoppers H A A Post H 20 - 19W A 43 - 14L 13-Oct-19 Crewe & Nantwich A 86 - 10L 20-Oct-19 H 26 - 36W A 5 - 31W H 79 - 10W A 17 - 0L Preston Grasshoppers A 22 - 29W H Wigan Birkenhead Park Bury A H HW 26 - 11L Senior Colts Tarleton Wigan Birkenhead Park Colts Cup - Southport Bury Makos Kendal HA Results H Post A 53 - 26L H 12 - 16L H A 28 - 28D H 17 - 22L H 5 - 61L
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ECCLES JUNIORS Christmas is upon us and the year has flashed by! From the normal soap-box grumble I compile here, I’d like to share some recent experiences of being able to watch some of our age groups from the U7s up to the U16s. With coaches Danny and Rachel Nichols now established with the U7s, the sight of these young pups running around the Astro turf on a cold Sunday morning would warm the rugby hearts of the grizzliest of front row players! Their excitement was amplified recently as Father Christmas turned up… Some can be excused for thinking it was either Dave Alcroft or Danny Taylor, but no, I’m assured it was genuinely Santa! I also got to coach a session with our U12s where we brought them together with the U13s. The blend was seamless and to see these boys developing their rugby skills in this way is testimony to Coach Martin Ogden. My group, the U14s: since they came ‘second’ to Preston GH, they have ‘turned a corner’ with their recent performances following wins against Orrell and Winnington Park. This Sunday they have a tough test in the Lancs Cup against Trafford MV, but if they produce the type of rugby they’re capable of doing, there’s no reason why they can’t enjoy a good cup run this year. We have a strong squad and the ability to bring on front row replacements during games is vital. I also got to watch our U16s at Sedgley Park recently; the standard of rugby these boys can produce is wonderful! Henry Dutton tackled his opponent, got back to his feet, ripped the ball then galloped off to score a try from nothing! Sam Crowther then threw the most outrageous pass from ‘the back door’ just as he hit the floor after a tackle, not only did it find the hands of his supporting player, it also created a try! The reason I wax lyrically here is due to the calibre of rugby that we are trying to emulate within the junior ranks at Eccles and it returns us to the club mantra of developing ‘Home Grown Talent’! Well done to all the age groups this year and a Happy Christmas to you all! Paul Fleming ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE ‘CHRISTMAS BLITZ’ Part 4 of the Eccles RFC WW2 story, told in instalments by Sheila Thomas and Chris Gaffey. In September 1939, the officers and members of Eccles RFC were determined to maintain morale with some ‘friendly’ action, but with the progression of war and the club’s facilities occupied by the army it became clear that rugby would have to cease. On Monday 22nd April 1940, at the Eccles RFC AGM held in the Rock House Hotel, Barton, a Lancashire Rugby Union Circular stated the county’s decision to abandon all activities until the conclusion of hostilities. Following discussion it was agreed that a War Emergency committee would run the club for the duration and messers Rider and Shaw would act as trustees of the funds held at the District Bank, Patricroft. On 17th August 1940, as the RAF and Luftwaffe battled above southern England, the rugby posts at Redclyffe Road were taken down. It would be 6 years before rugby was played there again. Eccles however would soon see plenty of activity of a different kind. Adjacent to the Eccles pitch stood Barton Power Station, essential to Trafford Park, a world famous concentrated industrial city with vast Metropolitan Vickers engineering facilities, AV Roe aircraft manufacturing, chemical production and food processing making it an important target for heavy enemy bombers who used the Ship Canal as a navigational aid. The Christmas Blitz of Manchester 1940 killed an estimated 770 people and injured more than 2,000 when 467 tons of high explosive were dropped on the city over two consecutive nights, inflicting wide spread disruption and destruction. Salford alone suffered over 200 fatalities and 8,000 destroyed homes. At 6.35pm on Sunday 22nd December air raid sirens sounded as the bombers approached from the south east. Families ran to shelters as the first wave of the attack rained over 1,000 incendiary bombs down on Salford, Hulme, Stretford and the city centre. Albert Square was the first place to be hit. The Royal Exchange, the Free Trade Hall and Piccadilly were soon ablaze. GORTON STREET GAZETTE A bomb exploded in Gilda Brook Road Eccles, killing 12 including a family with three children. Another hit a house in Monton Road, killing three children and a sailor home on leave. Power and telephone lines were cut leaving amateur crews of local residents using hand pumps to fight fires in the streets where they lived and attempt to recover the bodies of their neighbours. The injured were treated by candlelight. The second wave targeted the hundreds of fires ignited by the earlier attack and the bombing was relentless until dawn. At 6am Manchester Cathedral suffered a direct hit and at 6.30 am the all clear was eventually sounded. The attack continued the following night with bombs raining down on Firefighters who were still attending to burning buildings from the previous night’s raid. Trafford Park and the Docks were targeted with bombs falling across a wide area including Eccles New Road. Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and Salford Royal were both hit by and school boys worked in stretcher parties to evacuate the patients. In Hulme, the Manley Arms pub was obliterated killing 14 people attending a wedding party. Shortly after midnight on Christmas Eve, the all clear siren sounded. More than 31 acres within a mile of Albert Square lay in ruins. There would be few silent nights. In the months that followed both cricket and football grounds in Old Trafford would be wrecked by bombing raids. At Barton a parachute mine hit the roof of the Power Station but failed to explode. With a fierce fire raging metres away, Naval Lieutenant Denis James Patrick O’ Hagan rendered the mine safe by boiling out the explosive with steam from a railway locomotive, an act of ingenuity and bravery for which he was awarded the George Medal for gallantry and devotion to duty. O’Hagan was to undergo commando training and survived the D-Day invasion of Normandy to make it home to Canada. Remarkably, Barton Power Station and Eccles RFC both survived the war - as evidenced in this photograph taken in March 1947, a few months before the club moved to its new home at Gorton Street for the 1948 season. As we gather to celebrate Christmas this year let’s reflect on those who suffered and battled through the atrocities of a blitz 79 years ago so we might enjoy peace and our way of life today.

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CLUB INFORMATION PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend. This is officially our 122nd anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 71 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. The 1XV gained promotion last year playing attacking rugby with renewed conviction, something which we hope cascades down through the club this season. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. For the start of the new season the club has installed a new 3G artificial turf floodlit training area which all teams will benefit and the technical area on the edge of the first team pitch has also been replaced and expanded meaning that some players will not even get mud on their boots ! The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I’m limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We also now offer ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday night at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. I would also like to thank our volunteers who operate our DofE section which complements the ethos of rugby and offers so much to young people in their future life. Congratulations to the groups who have achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold award this year. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshments. Mark Dutton, President, Eccles RFC
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club I would like to offer a warm welcome this weekend to the players and supporters of Leigh, Aldwinians, Sunderland and Wigan. Since the last programme Eccles 1XV have seen defeats against De La Salle and Manchester, with last week’s game against Glossop ending after only 37 minutes, when Mathew Parkinson was knocked unconscious and sustained a neck injury. Following concussion & neck assessment, Matt has been discharged from hospital. On a brighter note, the club screened the World Cup Final to a full clubhouse on 2nd Nov, and Eccles RFC was a nominated finalist in the Club Mirror Magazine Awards and Gtr Manchester Sports Awards. On Sunday, both the Ladies and the colts will be looking at repeating last week’s winning performance’s as we place host to Sunderland Ladies and Wigan Colts. ‘Home Grown’ is in our veins and our roots. We believe in Rugby for all and we take pride in our Home-Grown principles. Our Junior programme regularly produces talented young players and last year we were delighted to see eight Eccles lads wear the red rose of Lancashire. Boys are not the whole story either, as our Men’s and Ladies sections share the same belief and commitment to player propagation. Last season, no less than six players from our U18 Girls team were selected for the county and the future looks bright for the Ladies with several former Juniors graduating to play their senior rugby at Eccles. We achieve everything we do in, and for, our community, through the efforts of dedicated volunteers and the generous support of sponsors who share our ambition and passion. Thank you to all our referees, who like players, work during the week and then step out onto the field to officiate. They do their jobs under pressure and I would encourage rugby spectators and staff to understand and be more appreciative of their role in rugby. Without them we would not have the games today. Cheers Thorpey HEAD COACH NOTES Hello and welcome to everyone visiting Gorton Street today. The club has a full house of senior fixtures this weekend with our Men’s teams facing Leigh and Aldwinians on Saturday, and our Ladies entertaining Sunderland and our U18 Colts hosting Wigan on Sunday. The prospect of four cracking games of rugby against strong opposition, where we’ll have to be at our best to chalk up Ws on the board. The 1XVs will certainly be looking to return to winning ways today after recent poor form. Last week’s game at Glossop was suspended in the first half following a tackle (deemed worthy of a red by the referee) resulting in concussion and a neck injury to Matt Parkinson, who was taken by ambulance to hospital for assessment and later discharged. The outcome of that result is being discussed and we all wish Matt a speedy recovery. Our defeats against Bolton, De La Salle and Manchester however, were consistent in our inability to be creative enough or strong enough in the second half to seize control of close contests. In all three of those games we did not capitalise on the early points and pressure we accumulated. Furthermore, the players did not respond well to handling the pressure of the different interpretations of the laws by match officials, week by week. Both things we look to improve upon today as Eccles, after a positive start to the campaign, now find themselves mid-table with 4 wins and 6 losses. Our opponents Leigh, currently in 4th place, arrive in good form having recently secured a 10-10 draw at Bolton and a dominant 41-18 win against our Salford neighbours De La Salle last weekend. The 2XVs, also struggling to find good form this season, have the opportunity with a win to move up the table alongside their opponent Aldwinians 2s, who also enjoyed a thumping 73-21 victory over De La Salle last week. Good Luck to everyone this weekend and thank you for all your support. Sam Simpson, DoR / Head Coach , Eccles RFC
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MENS LEAGUE TABLES ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION NORTH TWO WEST Rochdale Manchester Glossop Leigh Anselmians Southport Bolton Eccles Winnington Park De La Salle (Salford) Tarleton Aspull Aspatria Sefton GAMES RESULTS P W D L POINTS F TOTALS 10 10 0 0 303 146 157 46 6 10 9 9 10 10 9 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 9 0 1 415 145 270 43 7 8 0 1 284 132 152 39 7 5 2 2 239 187 52 31 6 5 0 5 289 250 39 28 5 4 1 5 227 316 -89 23 4 4 1 4 236 243 -7 21 3 4 0 6 257 295 -38 21 4 3 0 7 244 283 -39 20 4 4 0 6 187 327 -140 18 1 2 0 8 229 297 -68 17 5 3 0 6 193 335 -142 15 2 2 1 7 227 257 -30 14 2 2 0 7 162 279 -117 12 2 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 1 4 1 4 1 4 2 ECCLES MEN 2XV County Courier Services Division 2 North Orrell 2XV Leigh 2XV Keswick 2XV Leyland Warriors 1XV Tarleton 2XV Littleborough 2XV Aldwinians 2XV De La Salle (Salford) 2XV West Park (St. Helens) 2XV Eccles 2XV Oldham 2XV Southport 2XV GAMES P W D L 8 8 6 8 7 7 7 6 7 7 7 6 RESULTS POINTS F TOTALS 6 1 1 282 105 177 34 0 5 0 3 233 142 91 29 0 5 0 1 152 42 110 25 0 4 0 4 158 127 31 25 0 4 0 3 156 128 28 24 0 3 0 4 111 160 -49 20 0 4 0 3 183 170 13 16 0 2 1 3 162 200 -38 16 0 2 0 5 111 190 -79 16 0 2 0 5 122 222 -100 15 0 2 0 5 120 242 -122 15 0 2 0 4 111 173 -62 14 0 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 1 0 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 Aldwinians - CUP A 07-Sep-19 Southport 14-Sep-19 Tarleton 28-Sep-19 Aspatria 05-Oct-19 Anselmians 12-Oct-19 Aspull 19-Oct-19 Bolton 26-Oct-19 De La Salle 02-Nov-19 09-Nov-19 Manchester 16-Nov-19 Glossop 23-Nov-19 Leigh 30-Nov-19 07-Dec-19 Rochdale 14-Dec-19 Sefton 21-Dec-19 28-Dec-18 04-Jan-20 Tarleton 25-Jan-20 01-Feb-20 Anselmians 08-Feb-20 Aspull 15-Feb-20 Bolton 22-Feb-20 29-Feb-20 De La Salle 07-Mar-20 Manchester 14-Mar-20 Glossop 21-Mar-20 Leigh 28-Mar-20 Rochdale 04-Apr-20 Sefton 11-Apr-20 18-Apr-20 Southport 25-Apr-20 A 29 - 64W H 37 - 35W 21-Sep-19 Winnington Park A 49 - 25L H 16 - 10W A 29 - 12L H 46 - 22W A 28 - 20L H 15 - 17L H 52 - 22L A 24 - 00L H A H A 11-Jan-20 Winnington Park H 18-Jan-20 Aspatria A H A H A H H A H A H Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV A H A A H A A H A West Park (St. Helens) H Leyland Warriors 1XV A Mens 2XV HA Results Leyland Warriors 1XV H Post Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle 2XV Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV H 35 - 29W A 17 - 00L H 12 - 29L H 12 - 38L A 52 - 07L H 6 - 21L H A H West Park (St. Helens) A
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Eccles Ladies 1. K. Redrand 2. Sarah Daly 3. Freya Waterhouse 4. Siobhan Mullen (Capt) 5. K. Kinahan 6. Mollie Young 7. Rebecca Roden 8. Lean Christian 9. Sheena Jamieson 10. L. J. Crawford 11. Jess Whitling 12. Georgina Cunliffe 13. M. Hale 14. Joe McCartan 15. S. Davis 16. Holly Grimes 17. Emily Thomas 18. L. Jones Coach - James Wright # Sunderland Ladies 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. TBA TODAY’S REFEREE: John Harries (MADREFS) TEAM SHEETS ECCLES LADIES Over the last 21 seasons Eccles RFC Ladies have worked tirelessly to develop the women’s game in the Manchester area. We have been rewarded over the years with promotions, cup runs and country representation. As we enter our 22nd season we are proud offer rugby for women and girls of all ages and abilities. With a club and team ethos of rugby for everyone our qualified and skilled coaches offer a high-quality rugby experience for all whether complete amateur or old pro. After a difficult 2018/19 season we are extremely optimistic about the coming season with a new 1XV captain, multiple academy players graduating to the senior side and a strong preseason recruitment drive big things are expected. With the retention of our strong core squad and coaching team it is an exciting time to be an Eccles lady. Eccles back to winning ways and in style, the ladies returned to the home of an old rival on Sunday boasting and extremely strong backline, the prospect of a try fest has never been so real. Birkenhead Park Panthers are well known to the ladies section for there direct confrontational style and relentless physicality but this would not be the way this game was played. Eccles with a point to prove took this game by the scruff of the neck and went about picking apart this Birkenhead park side with phase after phase of controlled structure combined with glimpses of creative magic, that had the coaches and supporters purring at the possibilities. Final score Birkenhead Park 5 – Eccles Ladies 34. This team continues to grow week on week developing their skills and building on the foundations of comradery and determination engrained in our ethos. Eccles move forward this weekend into another fixture where they will hope to continue on this upwards curve and pick up there first back to back victories since the 2017/18 season. Any enquiries should be directed to james.g.wright@hotmail.com James Wright, Ladies Head Coach, Eccles RFC
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ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH TWO Sefton Ladies Crewe & Nantwich Ladies Darlington Ladies Manchester Ladies Eccles Ladies Didsbury TOC H Ladies Birkenhead Park Ladies Sunderland Ladies GAMES P 6 6 4 6 6 3 4 6 RESULTS W D 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 4 3 2 2 1 1 1 POINTS F 154 160 90 132 58 74 71 A 86 80 49 93 101 142 25 20 15 14 6 6 6 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 68 80 41 39 106 223 -117 10 71 -13 -27 -71 5 4 3 4 2 2 2 0 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Conference League-Senior D GAMES Senior Colts Senior D (U18's) Kendal Colts Birkenhead Park Colts Makos Colts Bury Colts Wigan Colts Eccles Colts Preston G/Hoppers Colts P 6 6 6 5 6 6 5 RESULTS W D 4 4 4 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 POINTS F 191 132 A 56 86 113 108 108 92 129 128 117 202 60 16 1 -85 178 -118 24 24 22 19 17 13 6 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 135 46 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 1 ECCLES LADIES & COLTS FIXTURES Date Eccles Ladies 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 08-Sep-19 Darlington 15-Sep-19 Didsbury TOC H 22-Sep-19 29-Sep-19 06-Oct-19 Manchester 27-Oct-19 03-Nov-19 Sefton 10-Nov-19 17-Nov-19 Birkenhead Park 24-Nov-19 Sunderland 01-Dec-19 08-Dec-19 Didsbury TOC H 15-Dec-19 22-Dec-19 29-Dec-18 05-Jan-20 Manchester H 12-Jan-20 Crewe & Nantwich H 19-Jan-20 26-Jan-20 02-Feb-20 Sefton 09-Feb-20 16-Feb-20 23-Feb-20 Birkenhead Park 30-Feb-20 01-Mar-20 Sunderland 08-Mar-20 15-Mar-20 Darlington 22-Mar-20 29-Mar-20 05-Apr-20 12-Apr-20 19-Apr-20 A H A H Makos Kendal Tarleton A A Preston Grasshoppers H A A Post H 20 - 19W A 43 - 14L 13-Oct-19 Crewe & Nantwich A 86 - 10L 20-Oct-19 H 26 - 36W A 5 - 31W H A Birkenhead Park Bury A H Preston Grasshoppers A 22 - 29W H Wigan Senior Colts Tarleton Wigan Birkenhead Park Colts Cup - Southport Bury Makos Kendal HA Results H Post A 53 - 26L H 12 - 16L H A 28 - 28D H 17 - 22L H 5 - 61L
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ECCLES JUNIORS Hello again and welcome to Eccles’ M&J section! Like most of you, I wonder once again where the year is disappearing! The dreaded ‘Christmas is nearly upon us’ has been heard too often recently! The excitement of the RWC Final has subdued and it’s time to look forward to the domestic fixtures along with our Junior Cup runs. Teams now have the added advantage of their RL players becoming available to bolster numbers and strengthen their squads. This is certainly the case with the U14s who made the trip to Bolton on Sunday in the Lancs Cup and chalked up an impressive 7-31 win and without our ‘league’ players, we would certainly have struggled. The point for debate is (again) how to embrace cross-code players whilst at the same time nurturing our own union players who for some, undoubtedly benefit from the inclusion of the league players. From a personal perspective, to have so many players playing both codes can only be good for the game and our club. The ‘foot traffic’ through the club house increases as does the impact on the kitchen and bar which helps the administration of the club. The reputation of Eccles receives a lift as word spreads of the welcome that awaits any new player to Gorton St. The calibre of rugby also gets improved thereby enticing other new players, but, it is all down to how we as coaches and club officials and indeed current players, interact with any player who switches between codes. Having seen the success of the RWC, how many players participated historically or currently, in both codes? Any RUGBY player just wants to play rugby, but for our juniors it matters not whether that be the 13 or 15 aside variation. It is up to us as a club to follow our ethos of ‘Home Grown Talent’ and if that means we ‘share’ our players, and then let’s work this to everybody’s advantage until the Lords and Masters arrive at an amicable solution. Sundays two minute silence was given the respect it deserved….. Regardless of which rugby they played. ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Enlistment: Part 3 of the WW2 story of Eccles RFC... In October 1939, as the situation escalated in Europe and the BEF assembled along the French-Belgian border, the Eccles RFC committee focused their minds on matters closer to home. Fixtures for the new season had been abandoned and the 356 Searchlight Battery company (39th Lancs Fusiliers AA Bn) had taken over the club pavilion and ground at Redclyffe Road in order to guard Barton Power Station, sited on the Bridgewater and Ship Canals near the swing bridge and All Saints RC Church, where B&Q now stands today. Although Eccles’ facilities were officially off limits, the enterprising committee members wasted no time in arranging friendly away fixtures against local opposition and promptly recruited the Searchlight Battery to form a rugby team! The committee minute book records a result for Saturday 21st October "Eccles vs Army XV, WON 20 - 6". Many such matches were to take place with a good fraternity existing between the teams. It would appear Eccles were ahead of the game. On 11th November 1939, the RFU issued a statement recommending that county committees should encourage clubs to arrange fixtures with service XVs. Of particular interest to Northern Clubs were resolutions that approved the Rugby Union selection of Rugby League players belonging to HM forces and playing against Service teams containing Rugby League Players. The Eccles Journal on 8th December 1939, reported a future fixture between Eccles and an Army XV to be played “Somewhere in Barton”! No giving away the position to the enemy here! As the unofficial 1939/20 season progressed more players were called up and the club endeavoured to carry on as best it could. Following the outbreak of war Eccles played 15 away matches, the last recorded being a 23-6 loss at Warrington, on 27th April 1940. Eccles RFC did not play again until 1946. The war would cut short many promising playing careers. A story in instalments, by Sheila Thomas and Chris Gaffey 1897 September 2009, marked a tragic event in the club’s history when Christopher TIckle, whilst playing for Eccles RFC, suffered a severe neck injury and sadly died in hospital three weeks later. Chris was a popular 23 year old with a great love of life and sports, an infectious sense of humour, a willingness to help others and was about to begin studying at Salford University. In March 2010 he was posthumously awarded The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award by HRH Prince Phillip. As a tribute to Christopher, Eccles RFC was to become the first rugby club in the country to establish its own DofE awards programme in 2011 and continues honour his memory each year with its Club Person of the Year Award and fundraising activities in aid of spinal injuries research. This season, in recognition of the 10th Anniversary, the annual Christmas Christopher Tickle Memorial Cup match will take on a special significance. More details on this event to follow later in the year.

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CLUB INFORMATION PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend. This is officially our 122nd anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 71 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. The 1XV gained promotion last year playing attacking rugby with renewed conviction, something which we hope cascades down through the club this season. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. For the start of the new season the club has installed a new 3G artificial turf floodlit training area which all teams will benefit and the technical area on the edge of the first team pitch has also been replaced and expanded meaning that some players will not even get mud on their boots ! The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I’m limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We also now offer ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday night at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. I would also like to thank our volunteers who operate our DofE section which complements the ethos of rugby and offers so much to young people in their future life. Congratulations to the groups who have achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold award this year. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshments. Mark Dutton, President, Eccles RFC
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME I would like to offer a warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend. The first team are at home to Aspatria and I hope the journey down was OK although there could be a little altitude sickness with the away players. We obviously didn’t play against Aspatria last year but we are now back in North West 2 along with lots of teams we have played in the past. Our games against Aspatria have been very close encounters in the past and we hope this will continue, in our favour, today. The second team are away at Oldham and after a great start to the season we hope that winning streak will continue today. The revived third team have a game at home against the Spartans from Sale and let’s hope that their promising season so far continues. On Sunday all the junior teams are training but the Senior Colts have a Lancashire Cup fixture against Southport at home. Our colts this season are a combined squad of U17 and U18 players still finding their feet as a newly formed team. Last week was a close defeat for the colts 12-16 but a great game to watch and that first victory cannot be far away. Also on Sunday the U18’s Girls are running a pitch up and play event so let’s hope that goes well. This weekend at the club, we have the fundraising Macmillan coffee morning, I can’t wait to try some of those cakes. Also in the clubhouse following the match with Aspatria will be the infamous Annual Eccles Conker Championship where, despite the very best attempts of the officials, I expect to witness cheating of the highest order. For those of you closely following our World Cup Tour of Japan, you can expect to see more of the Eccles RFC flag on your TV screens in the upcoming England games. Sayōnara. Paul Thorpe, Chairman, Eccles RFC HEAD COACH NOTES Hello and a warm welcome to everyone attending Gorton Street this afternoon, whatever your affiliations I hope your afternoon here is a pleasant one filled with all the core values our great game has to offer. Today the 1XV welcome old friends Aspatria to Eccles. Over the past 10 years these two sides have met numerous times battling it out for valuable league points and for the opportunity to play level 6 rugby. Aspatria had a strong season last year finishing in a playoff spot and scheduled to play Bowden. For reasons unknown to most Aspatria decided to concede that opportunity allowing Bowden to take the place in level 6, this decision angered most in the league with other clubs in the top 5 calling for Aspatria to be kicked out of the league. Whatever Aspatria’s decision was based on for choosing to concede that fixture it clearly hasn’t affected them coming into this new season with a couple of good wins already to their name. Eccles know they will need to be at their very best to defeat any Cumbrian side be it Home or Away. If both sides play to their full ability today this will be a cracking game of rugby. Good luck to our 2XVs today who travel to Oldham hopeful of keeping their winning start to the 2019/20 season going. Oldham will be no push over, they are always blessed with a big set of hard running forwards with some skillful backs behind them. This will be a really good test for the boys at this point of the season to gauge where they are at. Eccles rebuilding 3XVs side play host to Spartans this afternoon in what will be their 3rd fixture of the season. After a couple of disappointing last-minute cry offs from their opposition, I’m sure the lads cannot wait to get a run out together. Go well chaps. Lastly, I’d like to congratulate one of the #Homegrown and an ex-team mate of mine Stuart Greaves and his wife Karen on the birth of their first child, Tobias James aka Toby. Born 5 weeks early and Weighing in at 4lb 10oz he’s got some growing to do before he’ll be putting in the heavy tackling performances of his Dad! But never the less everyone at Eccles RFC is extremely happy for the new parents. Sam Simpson, DoR / Head Coach, Eccles RFC
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MENS LEAGUE TABLES ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION NORTH TWO WEST Glossop Rochdale Winnington Park Anselmians Eccles Manchester Leigh Aspatria De La Salle (Salford) Bolton Aspull Tarleton Southport Sefton GAMES RESULTS P W D L 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 POINTS F TOTALS 3 0 0 121 45 76 15 3 3 0 0 97 36 61 14 2 3 0 0 115 57 58 14 2 2 0 1 116 79 37 11 2 2 0 1 126 113 13 11 3 2 0 1 110 44 66 1 1 1 70 75 -5 1 0 2 103 103 0 1 0 2 67 95 -28 1 0 2 96 131 -35 1 0 2 73 151 -78 0 0 3 89 120 -31 0 1 2 61 120 -59 0 0 3 54 129 -75 9 7 7 6 6 6 5 3 1 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 1 2 1 2 1 3 1 1 ECCLES MEN 2XV County Courier Services Division 2 North Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Eccles 2XV Leigh 2XV Littleborough 2XV Leyland Warriors 1XV Tarleton 2XV Oldham 2XV Aldwinians 2XV De La Salle (Salford) 2XV Southport 2XV West Park (St. Helens) 2XV GAMES P W D L 3 2 2 3 3 3 2 3 3 2 2 2 RESULTS POINTS F TOTALS 3 0 0 158 34 124 15 0 2 0 0 43 20 23 10 0 2 0 0 85 65 20 10 0 1 0 2 97 61 36 1 0 2 70 75 -5 1 0 2 75 85 -10 1 0 1 50 51 -1 1 0 2 76 116 -40 1 0 2 51 109 -58 1 0 1 80 62 18 1 0 1 39 80 -41 0 0 2 17 83 -66 8 8 8 7 7 7 6 6 2 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 Aldwinians - CUP A 07-Sep-19 Southport 14-Sep-19 Tarleton 05-Oct-19 Anselmians 12-Oct-19 Aspull 19-Oct-19 Bolton 26-Oct-19 De La Salle 02-Nov-19 09-Nov-19 Manchester 16-Nov-19 Glossop 23-Nov-19 Leigh 30-Nov-19 07-Dec-19 Rochdale 14-Dec-19 Sefton 21-Dec-19 28-Dec-18 04-Jan-20 Tarleton 25-Jan-20 01-Feb-20 Anselmians 08-Feb-20 Aspull 15-Feb-20 Bolton 22-Feb-20 29-Feb-20 De La Salle 07-Mar-20 Manchester 14-Mar-20 Glossop 21-Mar-20 Leigh 28-Mar-20 Rochdale 04-Apr-20 Sefton 11-Apr-20 18-Apr-20 Southport 25-Apr-20 A 29 - 64W H 37 - 35W 21-Sep-19 Winnington Park A 49 - 25L 28-Sep-19 Aspatria H A H A H H A H A H A 11-Jan-20 Winnington Park H 18-Jan-20 Aspatria A H A H A H H A H A H Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV A H A A H A A H A West Park (St. Helens) H Leyland Warriors 1XV A Mens 2XV HA Results Leyland Warriors 1XV H Post Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle 2XV Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV H 35 - 29W A H H A H H A H West Park (St. Helens) A
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Eccles Senior Colts 1. Dan Delaney 2. Max Mulligan 3. Tom Bates 4. Callum Brady 5. Joshua Stafford 6. Cameron Smolett 7. Alex Speakman 8. Kai Sumner 9. Paul Stringer 10. Tallis Keeler 11. John Saunders 12. Ryley Thornton 13. Bradley Greenhalgh 14. James Hooker 15. Cameron MacDonald 16. Joe Molloy 17. Anthony Davies 18. Ellis Blair 19. Peter Adinnu Southport Senior Colts 1. Henry Etheridge 2. Col Leech 3. Christian Saundry 4. Ben Roberson 5. Aodhan Blackburn 6. Pat Crann 7. Sol Palmer 8. Ethan Hart 9. Sam Roberts 10. Dom Weston 11. Elliot Berisha 12. Danny Gavan 13. James O’Keeffe 14. Jacob Thomason 15. Sam McGlincey 16. Jamie Merrills 17. Conor Brown TODAY’S REFEREE: Iwan Williams (Madrefs) TEAM SHEETS ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Here we are, two games into the season and the stark reality of 2 loses. However, this doesn’t reflect the true picture of our performance as we build our senior colts squad. Combining the U18s with the U17s new to colts rugby, together with a number of rugby league players, our performances are improving and our numbers are rising. One of the great difficulties of rugby in our region is having a finite number of rugby players, playing both codes, league and union. I genuinely believe that both union and league benefit from skills that both codes provide. As the squad begins to work together there is a genuine improvement with each performance and as the season progresses, I look forward to developing a squad who will cement together in the time-honored friendship that rugby union can provide. It is clear that we have some very skilful players and a committed team, it remains the great challenges of coaches everywhere to take individuals from different teams and codes and transform them into a functioning winning team. As ever we continue to welcome any new players who wish to join us and incorporate them into the squad. As the world cup progresses, let’s hope we will benefit in the renewed interest and enthusiasm in rugby at the grass roots. This weekend we will face Southport in the first round of the Lancashire U18 Colts Cup. It’s a challenge we’re looking forward to and a great opportunity measure our developing team against an opponent from a League division above us. John Christey, U18 Senior Colts Coach, Eccles RFC
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ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH TWO Sefton Ladies Crewe & Nantwich Ladies Birkenhead Park Ladies Didsbury TOC H Ladies Eccles Ladies Manchester Ladies Darlington Ladies Sunderland Ladies GAMES RESULTS P W D L 2 2 2 2 1 2 1 2 F 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 2 65 20 50 43 20 22 0 27 POINTS A 17 11 30 42 19 24 29 75 20 1 1 -2 -29 -48 10 9 5 5 4 1 0 0 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 48 9 2 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS - CHAMPIONS RESULTS Conference League-Senior D GAMES Senior Colts Senior D (U18's) Birkenhead Park Colts Makos Colts Bury Colts Kendal Colts Wigan Colts Eccles Colts Preston G/Hoppers Colts 3 3 3 2 3 2 2 POINTS P W D L 2 0 1 2 0 1 2 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 F 68 84 63 76 80 38 19 A 46 55 49 17 69 92 22 29 14 59 TOTALS 100 -20 -31 -73 DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 12 11 11 10 7 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 ECCLES LADIES FIXTURES Date Eccles Ladies 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 08-Sep-19 Darlington 15-Sep-19 Didsbury TOC H 22-Sep-19 29-Sep-19 06-Oct-19 Manchester 27-Oct-19 03-Nov-19 Sefton 10-Nov-19 17-Nov-19 Birkenhead Park 24-Nov-19 Sunderland 01-Dec-19 08-Dec-19 Didsbury TOC H 15-Dec-19 22-Dec-19 29-Dec-18 05-Jan-20 Manchester H 12-Jan-20 Crewe & Nantwich H 19-Jan-20 26-Jan-20 02-Feb-20 Sefton 09-Feb-20 16-Feb-20 23-Feb-20 Birkenhead Park 30-Feb-20 01-Mar-20 Sunderland 08-Mar-20 15-Mar-20 Darlington 22-Mar-20 29-Mar-20 05-Apr-20 12-Apr-20 19-Apr-20 A H A H Makos Kendal Tarleton A A Preston Grasshoppers H A A Post H 20 - 19W A 13-Oct-19 Crewe & Nantwich A 20-Oct-19 H A H A Birkenhead Park Bury A H Preston Grasshoppers A H Wigan Senior Colts Tarleton Wigan Birkenhead Park Colts Cup - Southport Bury Makos Kendal HA Results H Post A 53 - 26L H 12 - 16L H A H H
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ECCLES LADIES Over the last 21 seasons Eccles RFC Ladies have worked tirelessly to develop the women’s game in the Manchester area. We have been rewarded over the years with promotions, cup runs and country representation. As we enter our 22nd season we are proud offer rugby for women and girls of all ages and abilities. With a club and team ethos of rugby for everyone our qualified and skilled coaches offer a high-quality rugby experience for all whether complete amateur or an old pro. After a difficult 2018/19 season we are extremely optimistic about the coming season with a new 1XV captain, multiple academy players graduating to the senior side and a strong preseason recruitment drive big things are expected. With the retention of our strong core squad and coaching team it is an exciting time to be an Eccles lady. Eccles ladies opened their account in their first fixture at Gorton street, giving debuts to academy graduates promoting our #homegrown talent and some talented new recruits. We entered the day in great spirits brimming with excitement. This excitement translated into a whirlwind of a game with some quality rugby played by both sides and enjoyed by the Eccles balcony faithful. After a nail biting finale, an Eccles win was secured with some standout performances, Eccles roll on to our next fixture against Manchester Ladies at Gorton Street we hope to see you there. Any enquiries should be directed to james.g.wright@hotmail.com James Wright, Ladies Head Coach, Eccles RFC ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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ECCLES JUNIORS A warm welcome to Eccles RFC! The Rugby World Cup AND our season is finally underway! Most age groups within the Mini and Junior Section have, by now, played their first games either in the early season Cup comps or friendly games in preparation for forthcoming fixtures. I was fortunate enough to watch our U16s last Sunday versus Bolton in their Lancs Cup game in which they came out victorious following some fine rugby from both sides without any quarters given or taken! My point here is, the majority of the U16s are made up of boys who I’ve watched come up through the age groups to develop into the young men they are now, on the brink of adult rugby… how old does this make feel! This is indicative of the club ethos of nurturing our ‘Home grown Talent’ in producing and retaining players to make the club the thriving and popular set-up you see today. The analogy of ‘Grass Roots’ sports has never been more imperative than it is today as we have seen recently, as established clubs are having to resort to amalgamating age groups or worse still, folding a particular age group due to a lack of players/members. At Eccles, we take an enormous amount of pride when we witness the kids from ‘yesterday’ turning out for the seniors or Colts, yet as I write, we too are also experiencing the curse of limited player numbers down the lower age ranges, and particularly the U7’s – U9’s. Having just opened our fully refurbished artificial training area (please feel free to take a good look!), we offer facilities most clubs can only aspire to. No muddy kit for the mums (or Dads!) to wash now, and a safe enclosed playing area for the kids to run around in! To compliment this, the club house is also looking magnificent to offer further creature comforts during the long winter months, where the kids can enjoy their free hot dogs and chips after their games! So, come on down… you may even enjoy it! Paul Fleming Eccles RFC Mini and Junior Chair 1897 DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD In 2011 Eccles became the first rugby club to offers their junior members an opportunity to do the DofE and this has grown year on year. Our participants have achieved very close to 250 medals including 48 Gold awards. Last year we became a direct Licensing Authority, which means we no longer report to Salford City Council, but govern ourselves reporting to the DofE directly. This means we have more autonomy but all participants still need to be associated with the club as we cannot take external participants. There has been a fairly even split between lads and girls. At the end of May 2019, 12 more participants received their Gold Award at Buckingham Palace, a year since the last 10 Golds received their awards and two years since the one’s before. This will be our fourth group of participants we have sent for their Gold awards, three of which have been presented at Buckingham Palace. We have over 92% pass rate, we well above the national average, which a fantastic achievement and has been recognised by the DofE Governing body which lead to us becoming a direct Licensing Authority. Please carry on supporting this great cause and encourage your kids to get involved, it’s not for all so don’t force them but we have had many who have seen what fun and rewards that can be gained and have joined at a later stage. The same is said that some start and don’t progress to different levels and there are lots of reasons for this but they do have until they are 24 years old to complete so it is never an issue with coming back at a later stage. Those that do, create friends and memories for life and nothing can replace these. We also have a few volunteers who help out when required on expeditions, but we always welcome people to help out in any way you can. If you know anyone or wish to volunteer, please come forward. First Gold Group At St James Palace 2nd Gold Group At Buckingham Palace 3rd Group At Buckingham Palace 4th Group At Buckingham Palace
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WALKING RUGBY Eccles Walking Rugby started after an email from Sale Sharks Community Trust inviting the club to participate in their initiative. Well we all know our club. It took less than two weeks for us to get organised and have our first session, that was back in May 2018 and we're still walking strong now. Walking Rugby is a new inclusive sport and an enjoyable way to get some exercise. It’s a much simpler and less physical version of the traditional game which brings ex-players of a certain age and those who are completely new to rugby together. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Say “Walking” to a bloke and he says “not for me”. Say “Rugby” to a woman and she says “not for me”, but I say give it a go. We encourage both men and women, young and not so young, skilled and not so skilled to get involved. Ladies with experience in netball will see it involves similar handling skills and agility. Guys, well you never lose it do you, but if you never had it the slower pace gives you more time to think about it. I've developed a sidestep I never knew I had! Playing on the AstroTurf allows us to play in any weather no special equipment required, although waterproofs and footwear with grip is a bonus. Our sessions are well supported and we regularly get 20+ players. On more than one occasion the ladies have outnumbered the men. The game is based on touch rugby. The attacking side are allowed 6 tackles (double handed touch) in which to score. After each tackle the attacking side has 3 seconds to pass the ball and the defending side must get back onside (3 metres). If after 6 tackles a try has not been scored the ball is handed over and it starts again. You soon get the hang of it. The whole idea is to have fun and enjoy the banter, reconnect with old friends and make new ones. The session is open to all regardless of skill level. Monday evenings 19.00 - 20.00 with a bragging session in the bar after if you fancy. It's great fun and easy. It must be if I can play it. Turn up and give it a try. Yours in Rugby, Benty Alan Bent, Walker, Eccles RFC
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE THE HOME OF HOME GROWN Last Friday night, at a presentation dinner event held at the Lowry Hotel, Eccles RFC brought home the big prize as 2019 “CLUB OF THE YEAR” at the 19th Annual SALFORD SPORTS AWARDS. The award, presented to Eccles RFC by Everest Mountaineer Kenton Cool, was achieved for our club's impact in the last 12 months and our commitment to community, development and inclusivity. This prestigious recognition was made possible by the hard work and dedicated efforts of our club's volunteers last season, so a big pat on the back to all involved in keeping our mens, ladies, colts, girls, junior and mini teams playing and enjoying rugby, both on and off the pitch. Our double League and Plate winning U18 Senior Colts were also nominated for “Junior Team of The Year” but lost out on the night to the Salford Harriers U17 Girls team. "Senior Team of The Year" was awarded to Cadishead Rhinos ARLFC and "Volunteer" and "Coach of the Year" awards went to Winton Wanderers FC. Eccles RFC will now move forward to represent Salford at the Greater Manchester Sports Awards to be held at The Point, Emirates Old Trafford, on 15th November. And that's not all the surprising praise we've received this month. The 2019 MANCHESTER PRESTIGE AWARDS have also awarded Eccles RFC 'RUGBY CLUB OF THE YEAR'! Corportate LiveWire, sponsors of the National Presitige Awards, believed our club's approach to marketing, branding and growth deserved recognition. We don't do what we do at Eccles RFC to win awards, but do we appreciate the accolades when they come. A club so good they dubbed us twice! Chris Gaffey, Communications Officer, Eccles RFC CHARITY SUPPORT 1897 September 2009, marked a tragic event in the club’s history when Christopher TIckle, whilst playing for Eccles RFC, suffered a severe neck injury and sadly died in hospital three weeks later. Chris was a popular 23 year old with a great love of life and sports, an infectious sense of humour, a willingness to help others and was about to begin studying at Salford University. In March 2010 he was posthumously awarded The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award by HRH Prince Phillip. As a tribute to Christopher, Eccles RFC was to become the first rugby club in the country to establish its own DofE awards programme in 2011 and continues honour his memory each year with its Club Person of the Year Award and fundraising activities in aid of spinal injuries research. This season, in recognition of the 10th Anniversary, the annual Christmas Christopher Tickle Memorial Cup match will take on a special significance. More details on this event to follow later in the year.
Eccles v Aspull

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CLUB INFORMATION PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend. This is officially our 122nd anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 71 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. The 1XV gained promotion last year playing attacking rugby with renewed conviction, something which we hope cascades down through the club this season. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. For the start of the new season the club has installed a new 3G artificial turf floodlit training area which all teams will benefit and the technical area on the edge of the first team pitch has also been replaced and expanded meaning that some players will not even get mud on their boots ! The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I’m limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We also now offer ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday night at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. I would also like to thank our volunteers who operate our DofE section which complements the ethos of rugby and offers so much to young people in their future life. Congratulations to the groups who have achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold award this year. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshments. Mark Dutton, President, Eccles RFC
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME I would like to offer a warm welcome to Aspull Rugby Union Football club, our close rivals from last season, with both teams earning promotion from Lancs/Cheshire Two. Aspull have the bragging rights after three close games, which included the Lancashire Plate Final. All three games went Aspull’s way, but only just. Eccles will be keen to turn this around, with both teams having mixed results in the start to their new league campaigns. Eccles have 3 wins from 5 and are sitting in 6th place and Aspull have 2 wins from 4 and are placed 8th. Aspull’s biggest defeat was against Manchester 83-10, but they bounced back well last week against De La Salle, 41-20. Eccles will want to put right some uncharacteristic mistakes, costing then dearly at Anselmians last week, with a 29-12 loss. The game was closer than the score line suggests and was there for the taking, if the chances had been taken and the error count cut. Welcome also to those early birds who join us this morning for ‘Le Crunch’ family event, where we are attempting to encourage Mini & Junior players and parents to come down to the club to enjoy Saturday rugby, screening the England v France World Cup game in the morning and staying on to enjoy some rugby activities on the pitch, followed by Eccles 1XV vs Aspull and Eccles 2XV v Orrell 2XV 3pm KO in the afternoon. We hope you enjoy your Free Breakfast, which is available from 8am, supported by Lancashire RFU. We achieve everything we do in, and for, our community, through the efforts of dedicated volunteers and the generous support of sponsors who share our ambition and passion. Thank you to our referees today, who like players, work during the week and then step out onto the field to officiate. They do their jobs under pressure and I would encourage rugby spectators and staff to understand and be more appreciative of their role in rugby. Without them we would not have the games today. Cheers.Thorpey. Paul Thorpe, Eccles RFC Chairman HEAD COACH NOTES Hello and welcome to everyone visiting Gorton Street today. Both Eccles 1s & 2s play host this afternoon to fellow Lancastrians and probably last season’s biggest League rivals Aspull and Orrell. The Firsts will be looking to get back to winning ways after a disappointing performance last time out over in the Wirral but to do that they must overcome an experienced Aspull Team who last year took the spoils in all 3 meetings seemingly holding on to Eccles kryptonite. Aspull haven’t taken to life at Level 7 as well as the men in Navy & White so far this season but will definitely be viewing this game as one to kick on from. The 2s will also be looking to get back to the form they had in the first weeks of the season before picking up two loses recently, non more painful than last weekend’s Derby defeat to Neighbours Della. Again Orrell offer stiff opposition and Eccles’ men know they have to be at their very best, physically and mentally, to win this one after two extremely competitive fixtures last season saw the clubs share the spoils one each. Good Luck to everyone today and thank you for all your support. Sam Simpson, DoR / Head Coach, Eccles RFC
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MENS LEAGUE TABLES ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION NORTH TWO WEST Glossop Rochdale Manchester Leigh Anselmians Eccles Winnington park Aspull De La Salle (Salford) Aspatria Southport Tarleton Bolton Sefton GAMES P W D L 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 5 5 4 5 RESULTS POINTS F TOTALS 5 0 0 176 75 101 24 4 5 0 0 156 4 92 23 3 4 0 1 177 76 101 19 3 3 1 1 130 109 21 17 3 3 0 2 158 107 51 17 3 3 0 2 154 152 2 15 3 3 1 2 134 116 18 14 2 2 0 2 114 171 -57 11 2 2 0 3 103 149 -46 10 1 1 0 4 137 150 -13 1 1 3 91 154 -63 0 0 5 135 182 -47 1 1 3 118 166 -48 9 8 7 6 0 0 5 76 76 -112 1 2 2 4 2 1 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 3 0 3 0 0 ECCLES MEN 2XV County Courier Services Division 2 North Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Littleborough 2XV Leigh 2XV Oldham 2XV Eccles 1XV De La Salle (Salford) 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Leyland Warriors 1XV Tarleton 2XV West Park (St. Helens) 2XV Southport 2XV GAMES P W D L 4 4 5 4 5 4 3 5 4 3 4 3 RESULTS POINTS F TOTALS 4 0 0 192 34 158 20 0 3 0 1 79 25 54 15 0 2 0 3 83 105 -22 14 0 2 0 2 127 74 53 13 0 2 0 3 98 152 -54 13 0 2 0 2 97 111 -14 12 0 2 0 1 109 74 35 11 0 3 0 2 93 121 -28 10 0 1 0 3 75 85 -10 1 0 2 50 85 -35 1 0 3 65 137 -72 1 0 2 51 116 -65 8 8 8 7 0 0 0 0 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 Aldwinians - CUP A 07-Sep-19 Southport 14-Sep-19 Tarleton 28-Sep-19 Aspatria 05-Oct-19 Anselmians 12-Oct-19 Aspull 19-Oct-19 Bolton 26-Oct-19 De La Salle 02-Nov-19 09-Nov-19 Manchester 16-Nov-19 Glossop 23-Nov-19 Leigh 30-Nov-19 07-Dec-19 Rochdale 14-Dec-19 Sefton 21-Dec-19 28-Dec-18 04-Jan-20 Tarleton 25-Jan-20 01-Feb-20 Anselmians 08-Feb-20 Aspull 15-Feb-20 Bolton 22-Feb-20 29-Feb-20 De La Salle 07-Mar-20 Manchester 14-Mar-20 Glossop 21-Mar-20 Leigh 28-Mar-20 Rochdale 04-Apr-20 Sefton 11-Apr-20 18-Apr-20 Southport 25-Apr-20 A 29 - 64W H 37 - 35W 21-Sep-19 Winnington Park A 49 - 25L H 16 - 10W A 29 - 12L H A H H A H A H A 11-Jan-20 Winnington Park H 18-Jan-20 Aspatria A H A H A H H A H A H Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV A H A A H A A H A West Park (St. Helens) H Leyland Warriors 1XV A Mens 2XV HA Results Leyland Warriors 1XV H Post Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle 2XV Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV H 35 - 29W A H 12 - 29L H A H H A H West Park (St. Helens) A
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Eccles 2XV Orrell 2XV 1. Daniel McManus # 2. John Hibbert 3. Josh Dowling 4. Dec O’Reagan # 5. Anthony Dutta 6. Marius Pintilli 7. Reece Walker # 8. Matt Lambert 9. Josh Waring # 10. Sandy Howarth # 11. Tim Balogun # 12. Danny Holland 13. Tim Cullen # 14. Steve Robinson 15. Jack Roper 16. Joshua Green # 17. Kyle Pickford 18. Alun Davies #Home-Grown at Eccles RFC 1. Brad Anderson 2. Jack Booth 3. Josh Grant 4. Andy Kelly 5. Syd Harbour 6. Andy Stott 7. Martin Joice 8. Stew Rowe 9. Terry Leaford 10. Matty Stafford (Capt) 11. Louis Whitfield 12. Craig Thomas 13. Dante Samuels 14. James Caldwell 15. Ollie Wakefield 16. Andrew McGuire 17. Carlton Bramwell 18. TBA TODAY’S REFEREE: Neil Everett (Madrefs) TEAM SHEETS ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Our 4th game of the season and the bare facts are 3 loses and one draw but its easy to put so much emphasis on winning and losing that we miss the full story. Our first game saw us travel to Wigan who had already had one game and good numbers in their squad. The final score of 53 points to 26 fails to tell the fact the Eccles Senior Colts finished strongly to score their tries. Belief in what we could do with a bare 15 players grew as the game went on. Our second game and again a squad of 15 we went down to Birkenhead 16 points to 12. The end of the game saw the team applying tremendous pressure and were unlucky not to gain another try. Our 3rd game and a cup match we were up against a well drilled team from Southport. A brave squad of 15 Eccles players battled on and never lost heart even when we went down to 14 following injury. Last Sunday our latest result saw us claw back from 28 points to 7 down at half time to draw 28 all away to Bury. A squad of 14 Eccles Colts against a confident Bury squad of 19 looked like a tall order at the start. The character, belief and the determination of every one of the colts showed just everything that is good about rugby. Teamwork, respect, enjoyment and discipline only partly tell the story. Endurance, determination overcoming the odds more accurately reflect what the team did. The performance was perfectly summed up by Martin Parkinson, ‘yesterday was a gloomy day with both Senior Teams losing. Today my heart has been lifted with the performance of 14 lads giving their all and refusing to be subdued. A touchline full of proud parents and quite rightly so. Absolute top performance and to misquote he bard ‘those who had feeble excuses will feel themselves small for not being there’. This is what it means to be Eccles. If you know someone who want to be part of this story, please invite them down. We have much to be proud of and this isn’t simply explained by win or loss. John Christey, Eccles RFC Senior Colts Coach
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ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH TWO Sefton Ladies Crewe & Nantwich Ladies Manchester Ladies Birkenhead Park Ladies Didsbury TOC H Ladies EcclesLadies Sunderland Ladies Darlington Ladies GAMES RESULTS P W D L 3 3 3 2 3 2 3 1 F 3 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 94 39 65 50 58 34 52 0 POINTS A 32 36 38 30 71 62 94 29 62 3 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 15 10 6 6 6 4 4 0 27 20 -13 -28 -42 -29 3 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS - CHAMPIONS RESULTS Conference League-Senior D GAMES Senior Colts Senior D (U18's) Birkenhead Park Colts Bury Colts Kendal Colts Wigan Colts Makos Colts Eccles Colts Preston G/Hoppers Colts POINTS P W D L 4 4 3 4 3 3 3 F 3 0 1 2 1 1 2 0 1 78 91 79 84 66 26 A 49 77 27 2 0 2 104 107 2 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 3 55 97 29 14 52 -3 TOTALS 116 90 DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 17 14 12 12 11 5 3 29 31 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 ECCLES LADIES FIXTURES Date Eccles Ladies 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 08-Sep-19 Darlington 15-Sep-19 Didsbury TOC H 22-Sep-19 29-Sep-19 06-Oct-19 Manchester 27-Oct-19 03-Nov-19 Sefton 10-Nov-19 17-Nov-19 Birkenhead Park 24-Nov-19 Sunderland 01-Dec-19 08-Dec-19 Didsbury TOC H 15-Dec-19 22-Dec-19 29-Dec-18 05-Jan-20 Manchester H 12-Jan-20 Crewe & Nantwich H 19-Jan-20 26-Jan-20 02-Feb-20 Sefton 09-Feb-20 16-Feb-20 23-Feb-20 Birkenhead Park 30-Feb-20 01-Mar-20 Sunderland 08-Mar-20 15-Mar-20 Darlington 22-Mar-20 29-Mar-20 05-Apr-20 12-Apr-20 19-Apr-20 A H A H Makos Kendal Tarleton A A Preston Grasshoppers H A A Post H 20 - 19W A 43 - 14L 13-Oct-19 Crewe & Nantwich A 20-Oct-19 H A H A Birkenhead Park Bury A H Preston Grasshoppers A H Wigan Senior Colts Tarleton Wigan Birkenhead Park Colts Cup - Southport Bury Makos Kendal HA Results H Post A 53 - 26L H 12 - 16L H A 28 - 28D H H
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ECCLES LADIES Over the last 21 seasons Eccles RFC Ladies have worked tirelessly to develop the women’s game in the Manchester area. We have been rewarded over the years with promotions, cup runs and country representation. As we enter our 22nd season we are proud offer rugby for women and girls of all ages and abilities. With a club and team ethos of rugby for everyone our qualified and skilled coaches offer a high-quality rugby experience for all whether complete amateur or old pro. After a difficult 2018/19 season we are extremely optimistic about the coming season with a new 1XV captain, multiple academy players graduating to the senior side and a strong preseason recruitment drive big things are expected. With the retention of our strong core squad and coaching team it is an exciting time to be an Eccles lady. Eccles continued their season spurred on by a home win on the opening weekend to Didsbury with another home fixture against a strong Manchester team. Although the fixture was ultimately not to go our way it was a day a many triumph’s. Eccles selected a squad of 20! A monstrous step forward from last season with a fantastic #homegrown representation. This is testament to the strong core group of committed players and coaches that have worked tirelessly to rebuild the squad. This week we take to the road for the first time with another tough fixture away at Crewe and Nantwich, Eccles enter the fray 1 and 1 hoping to add to the win column and continue this squads development. Any enquiries should be directed to james.g.wright@hotmail.com James Wright, Ladies Head Coach, Eccles RFC ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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ECCLES JUNIORS In a week where Salford Red Devils have revisited their halcyon days by reaching Rugby League’s Grand Final, the interest in the ‘other code’ of our wonderful game has seen resurgence. The historical correlation between the two codes is strong in our city - Salford and Sale Sharks share a stadium just a mile away from Eccles RFC and Rugby League’s influence on the development of our young Rugby Union players is undeniable. Salford has many high schools that play competitive RL (but non that play RU) and so many of the children attracted to enjoy their rugby at Eccles on a Sunday play both codes naturally. Last Sunday our U14s (who have 8 players representing 4 different RL clubs) hosted Burnley/Rochdale. The result went the way of the visitors as despite the best efforts from club officials, the fixture clashed with the local RL play-offs denying us our cross-code players. The efforts of those players who participated were colossal as we were down to a bare 15. They left the field beaten but not disgraced with the battle scars as proof. We’re not the only RU club in our district who shares their players with RL and the logistics of accom modating players with twin allegiances on a Sunday is becom ing imperative for the future of a lot of our Junior age groups. Would it not be possible for those in the corridors of power of both Rugby codes to better align their seasons to encourage both versions of the game to flourish at grassroots and avoid clubs having to fold junior teams? Having seen at first hand the advantages of juniors playing both codes the evidence continues up to the current England RU World Cup team. I think it’s time to look at the rugby ‘cross-over’. Both codes definitely benefit from taking ideas from each other on the pitch, so why not a similar collaboration in the mutual administration of both games? Enjoy your rugby this weekend! Incidentally, Salford initially remained loyal to the RFU at the Northern Union breakaway in 1895 and the first ever rugby match played under floodlights took place in 1878 between Broughton and Swinton, who joined the RFU in 1871 and were soon recognised as a national force through a policy of recruiting from local junior teams, including Eccles! Paul Fleming, Mini and Juniors Chairman, Eccles RFC DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD In 2011 Eccles became the first rugby club to offers their junior members an opportunity to do the DofE and this has grown year on year. Our participants have achieved very close to 250 medals including 48 Gold awards. Last year we became a direct Licensing Authority, which means we no longer report to Salford City Council, but govern ourselves reporting to the DofE directly. This means we have more autonomy but all participants still need to be associated with the club as we cannot take external participants. There has been a fairly even split between lads and girls. At the end of May 2019, 12 more participants received their Gold Award at Buckingham Palace, a year since the last 10 Golds received their awards and two years since the one’s before. This will be our fourth group of participants we have sent for their Gold awards, three of which have been presented at Buckingham Palace. We have over 92% pass rate, we well above the national average, which a fantastic achievement and has been recognised by the DofE Governing body which lead to us becoming a direct Licensing Authority. Please carry on supporting this great cause and encourage your kids to get involved, it’s not for all so don’t force them but we have had many who have seen what fun and rewards that can be gained and have joined at a later stage. The same is said that some start and don’t progress to different levels and there are lots of reasons for this but they do have until they are 24 years old to complete so it is never an issue with coming back at a later stage. Those that do, create friends and memories for life and nothing can replace these. We also have a few volunteers who help out when required on expeditions, but we always welcome people to help out in any way you can. If you know anyone or wish to volunteer, please come forward. First Gold Group At St James Palace 2nd Gold Group At Buckingham Palace 3rd Group At Buckingham Palace 4th Group At Buckingham Palace
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WALKING RUGBY Eccles Walking Rugby started after an email from Sale Sharks Community Trust inviting the club to participate in their initiative. Well we all know our club. It took less than two weeks for us to get organised and have our first session, that was back in May 2018 and we're still walking strong now. Walking Rugby is a new inclusive sport and an enjoyable way to get some exercise. It’s a much simpler and less physical version of the traditional game which brings ex-players of a certain age and those who are completely new to rugby together. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Say “Walking” to a bloke and he says “not for me”. Say “Rugby” to a woman and she says “not for me”, but I say give it a go. We encourage both men and women, young and not so young, skilled and not so skilled to get involved. Ladies with experience in netball will see it involves similar handling skills and agility. Guys, well you never lose it do you, but if you never had it the slower pace gives you more time to think about it. I've developed a sidestep I never knew I had! Playing on the AstroTurf allows us to play in any weather no special equipment required, although waterproofs and footwear with grip is a bonus. Our sessions are well supported and we regularly get 20+ players. On more than one occasion the ladies have outnumbered the men. The game is based on touch rugby. The attacking side are allowed 6 tackles (double handed touch) in which to score. After each tackle the attacking side has 3 seconds to pass the ball and the defending side must get back onside (3 metres). If after 6 tackles a try has not been scored the ball is handed over and it starts again. You soon get the hang of it. The whole idea is to have fun and enjoy the banter, reconnect with old friends and make new ones. The session is open to all regardless of skill level. Monday evenings 19.00 - 20.00 with a bragging session in the bar after if you fancy. It's great fun and easy. It must be if I can play it. Turn up and give it a try. Yours in Rugby, Benty Alan Bent, Walker, Eccles RFC
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Dark Days Ahead : Part 2 of the WW2 story of Eccles RFC... 80 years ago this week Eccles RFC was facing an uncertain future. Following the declaration of war September 1939, the club committee met each week at the Rock House Hotel on Peel Green Road to discuss the national emergency and instructions from the Lancashire County Union for the cancellation of all fixtures for 1939-40 season. With consideration to the difficulties the club had faced with re-establishment following WWI, the committee investigated the possibility of arranging friendly fixtures with local clubs. However, Mr Farnworth, owner of Bromyhurst Farm, Redclyffe Road, Barton where Eccles played its games, informed the club he anticipated the land being put under the plough for the growth of crops in response to Government requests. It was therefore agreed that members would be sent their newly printed fixture cards with a letter explaining no subs would be requested for the abandoned season but all donations to help cover costs would be appreciated. With the imminent threat of the pitch turned over to farming, the shrewd minds of the committee offered use of the Eccles ground and facilities to the military authorities. Three Army officers, Mr Farnworth and club representatives held negotiations and on 3rd October 1939, the 356th Searchlight Company (39th Lancashire Fusiliers Regt) took over the occupancy of the Eccles pavilion and manned Lewis Gun positions at Barton Locks and the Power Station. The Ship Canal, Salford Docks and Trafford Park were of great importance and searchlight batteries were deployed to illuminate enemy bombers for the anti-aircraft guns. The ever assiduous Club Treasurer Arthur Gilbody wrote to Lt. Hilton meticulously listing the articles on loan from Eccles RFC (including 1 notice board, 1 card table, 1 oil lamp, 1 enamel tea-pot) and enclosing conditions for the army’s occupation! In his response Lt. Hilton expressed his appreciation and reassured him “that there would definitely be no use of the pavilion as a dance hall or cinema by the army whilst in use”! To be continued… A story in instalments, by Sheila Thomas and Chris Gaffey CHARITY SUPPORT 1897 September 2009, marked a tragic event in the club’s history when Christopher TIckle, whilst playing for Eccles RFC, suffered a severe neck injury and sadly died in hospital three weeks later. Chris was a popular 23 year old with a great love of life and sports, an infectious sense of humour, a willingness to help others and was about to begin studying at Salford University. In March 2010 he was posthumously awarded The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award by HRH Prince Phillip. As a tribute to Christopher, Eccles RFC was to become the first rugby club in the country to establish its own DofE awards programme in 2011 and continues honour his memory each year with its Club Person of the Year Award and fundraising activities in aid of spinal injuries research. This season, in recognition of the 10th Anniversary, the annual Christmas Christopher Tickle Memorial Cup match will take on a special significance. More details on this event to follow later in the year.
Eccles v De La Salle 26/10/2019

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CLUB INFORMATION PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Welcome to Eccles Rugby Football Club A warm welcome to all the teams playing at Eccles RFC this weekend. This is officially our 122nd anniversary and although we’ve only played here at Gorton Street for the last 71 years we’ve always had our home in this community. One of the great things about our club is our inclusivity; teams for Mini’s, Juniors, Girls, Colts, Ladies and Men means you can come down to the club Saturday or Sunday and be entertained. The 1XV gained promotion last year playing attacking rugby with renewed conviction, something which we hope cascades down through the club this season. At Eccles RFC we place great importance on developing youth and I’m particularly looking forward to seeing some of our talented Home-Grown colts stepping up to play in the seniors this coming year alongside our new recruits. For the start of the new season the club has installed a new 3G artificial turf floodlit training area which all teams will benefit and the technical area on the edge of the first team pitch has also been replaced and expanded meaning that some players will not even get mud on their boots ! The club would also like to thank all the volunteers for their dedicated effort. We’d not be able to operate without their contributions. I can’t name all them all as I’m limited to one page, but you all know who you are. The club would also like to thank their sponsors as the financial support you contribute greatly helps with maintaining our facilities and activities. We also now offer ‘Walking Rugby’ on Monday night at 7pm which, for those who’d like to give it a try, has no age, gender, or ability limitations. I would also like to thank our volunteers who operate our DofE section which complements the ethos of rugby and offers so much to young people in their future life. Congratulations to the groups who have achieved their Bronze, Silver or Gold award this year. Once again, welcome to the club and please enjoy your day. Our clubhouse bar is CAMRA award-winning and (for those over the age of 18) I’m informed has a fine selection of match refreshments. Mark Dutton, President, Eccles RFC
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CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME I would like to offer a warm welcome to De La Salle Rugby club for this local derby match. Last season De La Salle struggled after gaining promotion, with only 2 wins and 9 points resulting in a short visit to North One West. Their start to this new league campaign has been a mixed bag, with three heavy looses in as many games, but prior to that, they had a good win over Anselmians. You never know what you are going to get with De La Salle, therefore Eccles will need to be on top of their game to bounce back after a lackluster performance at Bolton. We are now over a quarter way through the season and this new look, rebuilt Eccles side with lots of “Home Grown” talent are sitting in 6th place and De La Salle in 12 position. ‘Home Grown’ is in our veins and our roots. We believe in Rugby for all and we take pride in our Home-Grown principles. Last season saw 11 colts make their senior debut in the Navy and White hoops and 30 more former colts names could be found across our weekly team sheets. Our Junior programme regularly produces talented young players and last year we were delighted to see eight Eccles lads and six U18 Girls team wear the red rose of Lancashire. This week Eccles RFC was informed it was a finalist in the Club Mirror Magazine Awards. This is the third nomination we’ve received this year (we’ve already won two awards and also await the decision of the Greater Manchester Sports Awards next month) We achieve everything we do in, and for, our community, through the efforts of dedicated volunteers and the generous support of sponsors who share our ambition and passion. The club extends its sincere thanks to them and to all our referees, who like players, work during the week and then step out onto the field to officiate. They do their jobs under pressure and I would encourage rugby spectators and staff to understand and be more appreciative of their role in rugby. Without them we would not have the games today. Cheers Thorpey Paul Thorpe, Eccles RFC Chairman HEAD COACH NOTES Hello and a very warm welcome to everyone visiting Gorton Street this weekend. Today our 1st currently sit at 12th Eccles in 6th Team welcome close neighbours and old friends De La Salle, who in the league with a 10-point cushion between them and . Eccles’ Men will be wanting to forget the poor performance they put in last weekend at Bolton and get back to the brand of rugby they enjoy playing and their faithful supporters have become accustom to seeing from them over the years. This will be no easy feat on a Salford Derby Day! De La Salle are no push over for anyone in this league, with their high levels of physicality and intimidation setting them apart from most on any Saturday afternoon, but on Derby day this part of their game overflows the cup as local bragging rights lie at stake. Eccles must control their emotions in this one, if they are to show their superior Rugby Union skills over their visitors and claim the 5-point victory they desire. My advice for any loved ones on the day is to cover the kid’s eyes and ears, mothers and wives stay in the club house and gentlemen hold on to your hats! This game won’t be for the faint Hearted! Sam Simpson, Eccles RFC, DoR / Head Coach
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MENS LEAGUE TABLES ECCLES MEN 1XV NORTHERN DIVISION NORTH TWO WEST Glossop Rochdale Manchester Leigh Anselmians Eccles Winnington park Bolton Tarleton Aspull Sefton De La Salle (Salford) Southport Aspatria GAMES RESULTS P W D L 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 6 7 6 7 7 7 7 POINTS F TOTALS 7 0 0 248 112 136 34 6 7 0 0 215 109 106 32 4 6 0 1 277 98 179 29 5 4 1 2 188 159 29 24 5 4 0 3 211 162 49 22 4 4 0 3 220 202 18 20 4 3 0 4 180 169 11 17 3 3 0 3 194 200 -6 15 3 1 0 6 186 233 -47 13 5 2 0 4 152 260 -108 11 2 2 0 5 128 234 -106 10 2 2 0 5 132 259 -127 10 1 1 1 5 126 223 -97 1 0 6 180 217 -37 9 9 2 3 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 4 1 0 1 1 0 ECCLES MEN 2XV County Courier Services Division 2 North Orrell 2XV Leigh 2XV Keswick 2XV Littleborough 2XV Leyland Warriors 1XV Oldham 2XV Eccles 2XV Tarleton 2XV De La Salle (Salford) 2XV Aldwinians 2XV West Park (St. Helens) 2XV Southport 2XV GAMES P W D L 6 6 5 6 6 6 6 4 4 6 5 4 RESULTS POINTS F TOTALS 6 0 0 252 67 185 30 0 4 0 2 202 115 87 23 0 4 0 1 131 32 99 20 0 3 0 3 111 122 -11 19 0 2 0 4 112 107 5 15 0 2 0 4 120 187 -67 14 0 2 0 4 116 201 -85 14 0 2 0 2 72 101 -29 13 0 2 0 2 128 114 14 12 0 3 0 3 110 149 -39 11 0 1 0 4 86 159 -73 10 0 1 0 3 51 137 -86 8 0 A DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 MENS FIXTURES-RESULTS Date Mens 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 Aldwinians - CUP A 07-Sep-19 Southport 14-Sep-19 Tarleton 28-Sep-19 Aspatria 05-Oct-19 Anselmians 12-Oct-19 Aspull 19-Oct-19 Bolton 26-Oct-19 De La Salle 02-Nov-19 09-Nov-19 Manchester 16-Nov-19 Glossop 23-Nov-19 Leigh 30-Nov-19 07-Dec-19 Rochdale 14-Dec-19 Sefton 21-Dec-19 28-Dec-18 04-Jan-20 Tarleton 25-Jan-20 01-Feb-20 Anselmians 08-Feb-20 Aspull 15-Feb-20 Bolton 22-Feb-20 29-Feb-20 De La Salle 07-Mar-20 Manchester 14-Mar-20 Glossop 21-Mar-20 Leigh 28-Mar-20 Rochdale 04-Apr-20 Sefton 11-Apr-20 18-Apr-20 Southport 25-Apr-20 A 29 - 64W H 37 - 35W 21-Sep-19 Winnington Park A 49 - 25L H 16 - 10W A 29 - 12L H 46 - 22W A 28 - 20L H H A H A H A 11-Jan-20 Winnington Park H 18-Jan-20 Aspatria A H A H A H H A H A H Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians 2XV Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV A H A A H A A H A West Park (St. Helens) H Leyland Warriors 1XV A Mens 2XV HA Results Leyland Warriors 1XV H Post Littleborough 2XV Oldham 2XV De La Salle 2XV Orrell 2XV Keswick 2XV Leigh 2XV Aldwinians Southport 2XV Tarleton 2XV H 35 - 29W A 17 - 00L H 12 - 29L H 12 - 38L A 52 - 07L H H A H West Park (St. Helens) A
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ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Our 4th game of the season and the bare facts are 3 loses and one draw but its easy to put so much emphasis on winning and losing that we miss the full story. Our first game saw us travel to Wigan who had already had one game and good numbers in their squad. The final score of 53 points to 26 fails to tell the fact the Eccles Senior Colts finished strongly to score their tries. Belief in what we could do with a bare 15 players grew as the game went on. Our second game and again a squad of 15 we went down to Birkenhead 16 points to 12. The end of the game saw the team applying tremendous pressure and were unlucky not to gain another try. Our 3rd game and a cup match we were up against a well drilled team from Southport. A brave squad of 15 Eccles players battled on and never lost heart even when we went down to 14 following injury. Last Sunday our latest result saw us claw back from 28 points to 7 down at half time to draw 28 all away to Bury. A squad of 14 Eccles Colts against a confident Bury squad of 19 looked like a tall order at the start. The character, belief and the determination of every one of the colts showed just everything that is good about rugby. Teamwork, respect, enjoyment and discipline only partly tell the story. Endurance, determination overcoming the odds more accurately reflect what the team did. The performance was perfectly summed up by Martin Parkinson, ‘yesterday was a gloomy day with both Senior Teams losing. Today my heart has been lifted with the performance of 14 lads giving their all and refusing to be subdued. A touchline full of proud parents and quite rightly so. Absolute top performance and to misquote he bard ‘those who had feeble excuses will feel themselves small for not being there’. This is what it means to be Eccles. If you know someone who want to be part of this story, please invite them down. We have much to be proud of and this isn’t simply explained by win or loss. John Christey, Eccles RFC Senior Colts Coach
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ECCLES LADIES & COLTS TABLES ECCLES LADIES WOMENS CHAMPIONSHIP NORTH TWO Sefton Ladies Crewe & Nantwich Ladies Manchester Ladies Birkenhead Park Ladies Didsbury TOC H Ladies Darlington Ladies Sunderland Ladies Eccles Ladies GAMES RESULTS P W D L 4 4 4 2 3 2 4 3 F 73 50 58 29 52 44 POINTS A 4 0 0 111 40 3 0 1 125 46 1 0 3 1 0 1 1 0 2 1 0 1 1 0 3 1 0 2 55 30 71 29 -13 0 123 -71 19 15 7 6 6 5 4 TOTALS DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 71 79 18 20 148 -104 4 3 3 3 2 2 1 0 0 ECCLES SENIOR COLTS Conference League-Senior D GAMES Senior Colts Senior D (U18's) Birkenhead Park Colts Makos Colts Bury Colts Kendal Colts Wigan Colts Eccles Colts Preston G/Hoppers Colts RESULTS P W D L 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 F POINTS A 4 0 1 111 61 4 0 1 106 72 3 1 1 108 92 3 0 2 155 49 2 0 3 104 107 0 1 4 0 0 4 88 38 50 34 16 -3 22 21 19 TOTALS 180 -92 149 -111 4 DIFF PTS TBP LBP ADJ 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 106 19 12 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ECCLES LADIES & COLTS FIXTURES Date Eccles Ladies 1XV HA Results 31-Aug-19 08-Sep-19 Darlington 15-Sep-19 Didsbury TOC H 22-Sep-19 29-Sep-19 06-Oct-19 Manchester 27-Oct-19 03-Nov-19 Sefton 10-Nov-19 17-Nov-19 Birkenhead Park 24-Nov-19 Sunderland 01-Dec-19 08-Dec-19 Didsbury TOC H 15-Dec-19 22-Dec-19 29-Dec-18 05-Jan-20 Manchester H 12-Jan-20 Crewe & Nantwich H 19-Jan-20 26-Jan-20 02-Feb-20 Sefton 09-Feb-20 16-Feb-20 23-Feb-20 Birkenhead Park 30-Feb-20 01-Mar-20 Sunderland 08-Mar-20 15-Mar-20 Darlington 22-Mar-20 29-Mar-20 05-Apr-20 12-Apr-20 19-Apr-20 A H A H Makos Kendal Tarleton A A Preston Grasshoppers H A A Post H 20 - 19W A 43 - 14L 13-Oct-19 Crewe & Nantwich A 86 - 10L 20-Oct-19 H A H A Birkenhead Park Bury A H Preston Grasshoppers A H Wigan Senior Colts Tarleton Wigan Birkenhead Park Colts Cup - Southport Bury Makos Kendal HA Results H Post A 53 - 26L H 12 - 16L H A 28 - 28D H 17 - 22L H 5 - 61L
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ECCLES LADIES Over the last 21 seasons Eccles RFC Ladies have worked tirelessly to develop the women’s game in the Manchester area. We have been rewarded over the years with promotions, cup runs and country representation. As we enter our 22nd season we are proud offer rugby for women and girls of all ages and abilities. With a club and team ethos of rugby for everyone our qualified and skilled coaches offer a high-quality rugby experience for all whether complete amateur or old pro. After a difficult 2018/19 season we are extremely optimistic about the coming season with a new 1XV captain, multiple academy players graduating to the senior side and a strong preseason recruitment drive big things are expected. With the retention of our strong core squad and coaching team it is an exciting time to be an Eccles lady. Game 3 and Eccles ladies continue their 2019/20 campaign on the road to old friends Darlington. Bolstered by a resurgence in numbers, 21 (yes 21) Eccles ladies boarded the bus full of endeavour and excitement; unfortunately, the Darlington ladies didn’t get the memo. A difficult day in equally difficult conditions saw Eccles come off second best, but by no means a wasted trip. With the aid of our friends at Carlsberg and Magners, celebrations of the progress so far this season were not be halted and continued down the M6 all the way back to Gorton Street. Eccles move into a rest weekend with plenty to work on but moral is high and there is a keen desire to improve. Watch this space there’s a resurrection on the horizon. Any enquiries should be directed to james.g.wright@hotmail.com James Wright, Ladies Head Coach, Eccles RFC ECCLES PLAYER SPONSORS
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ECCLES JUNIORS Hello all and a warm welcome from the junior section at Eccles RFC! In a week where our wonderful sport is basking in the spotlight it deserves as two ‘home nations’ seek a place in the RWC final, we are reminded just how the game has change OFF the field: As international referee Jaco Peyper enjoyed a light-hearted moment in the company of celebrating Welsh fans, he has been stripped of any further involvement in RWC due to overstepping ethical boundaries. In recent junior games we have ‘experienced’ another side of ethical awareness where on-field incidents have triggered investigatory procedures before implementing restorative measures. This all traces back to HOW we behave from an introduction to the game from a tentative age. Respect for the officials: respect for each other; respect for the game = Fun. With the club ethos revolving around our strategy of nurturing home grown talent, our code of conduct states we have a responsibility to ‘uphold a reputation for good behaviour’ and so it was apleasing spectacle to see 7 of our U14s players attending the Sale SharksDPP last week and the plaudits given to the boys from the Sale coaches. Our U16s also provided a number of boys to the DPP and, we also congratulate Adam Christie being selected for Lancashire U20s, all as a direct result of our junior section and home grown talent process! As a club we will continue to build on our reputation and embed the games ethics but, we must remain conscious of losing players and officials because of such ethics causing differing interpretations. The back-room staff at Eccles RFC remains determined to strengthen the bedrock of the club and our Comms Officer is set share the clubs future vision with our parents as we foster good relationships and, good ethics! We must finish on a positive note and say ‘Come on England…..Pob lwc i Gymru..... Labore Omnia Florent…. I shall leave you the challenge of interpreting! Paul Fleming, Mini and Junior Chairman, Eccles RFC DUKE OF EDINBURGHS AWARD In 2011 Eccles became the first rugby club to offers their junior members an opportunity to do the DofE and this has grown year on year. Our participants have achieved very close to 250 medals including 48 Gold awards. Last year we became a direct Licensing Authority, which means we no longer report to Salford City Council, but govern ourselves reporting to the DofE directly. This means we have more autonomy but all participants still need to be associated with the club as we cannot take external participants. There has been a fairly even split between lads and girls. At the end of May 2019, 12 more participants received their Gold Award at Buckingham Palace, a year since the last 10 Golds received their awards and two years since the one’s before. This will be our fourth group of participants we have sent for their Gold awards, three of which have been presented at Buckingham Palace. We have over 92% pass rate, we well above the national average, which a fantastic achievement and has been recognised by the DofE Governing body which lead to us becoming a direct Licensing Authority. Please carry on supporting this great cause and encourage your kids to get involved, it’s not for all so don’t force them but we have had many who have seen what fun and rewards that can be gained and have joined at a later stage. The same is said that some start and don’t progress to different levels and there are lots of reasons for this but they do have until they are 24 years old to complete so it is never an issue with coming back at a later stage. Those that do, create friends and memories for life and nothing can replace these. We also have a few volunteers who help out when required on expeditions, but we always welcome people to help out in any way you can. If you know anyone or wish to volunteer, please come forward. First Gold Group At St James Palace 2nd Gold Group At Buckingham Palace 3rd Group At Buckingham Palace 4th Group At Buckingham Palace
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WALKING RUGBY Eccles Walking Rugby started after an email from Sale Sharks Community Trust inviting the club to participate in their initiative. Well we all know our club. It took less than two weeks for us to get organised and have our first session, that was back in May 2018 and we're still walking strong now. Walking Rugby is a new inclusive sport and an enjoyable way to get some exercise. It’s a much simpler and less physical version of the traditional game which brings ex-players of a certain age and those who are completely new to rugby together. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Say “Walking” to a bloke and he says “not for me”. Say “Rugby” to a woman and she says “not for me”, but I say give it a go. We encourage both men and women, young and not so young, skilled and not so skilled to get involved. Ladies with experience in netball will see it involves similar handling skills and agility. Guys, well you never lose it do you, but if you never had it the slower pace gives you more time to think about it. I've developed a sidestep I never knew I had! Playing on the AstroTurf allows us to play in any weather no special equipment required, although waterproofs and footwear with grip is a bonus. Our sessions are well supported and we regularly get 20+ players. On more than one occasion the ladies have outnumbered the men. The game is based on touch rugby. The attacking side are allowed 6 tackles (double handed touch) in which to score. After each tackle the attacking side has 3 seconds to pass the ball and the defending side must get back onside (3 metres). If after 6 tackles a try has not been scored the ball is handed over and it starts again. You soon get the hang of it. The whole idea is to have fun and enjoy the banter, reconnect with old friends and make new ones. The session is open to all regardless of skill level. Monday evenings 19.00 - 20.00 with a bragging session in the bar after if you fancy. It's great fun and easy. It must be if I can play it. Turn up and give it a try. Yours in Rugby, Benty Alan Bent, Walker, Eccles RFC
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GORTON STREET GAZETTE Dark Days Ahead : Part 2 of the WW2 story of Eccles RFC... 80 years ago this week Eccles RFC was facing an uncertain future. Following the declaration of war September 1939, the club committee met each week at the Rock House Hotel on Peel Green Road to discuss the national emergency and instructions from the Lancashire County Union for the cancellation of all fixtures for 1939-40 season. With consideration to the difficulties the club had faced with re-establishment following WWI, the committee investigated the possibility of arranging friendly fixtures with local clubs. However, Mr Farnworth, owner of Bromyhurst Farm, Redclyffe Road, Barton where Eccles played its games, informed the club he anticipated the land being put under the plough for the growth of crops in response to Government requests. It was therefore agreed that members would be sent their newly printed fixture cards with a letter explaining no subs would be requested for the abandoned season but all donations to help cover costs would be appreciated. With the imminent threat of the pitch turned over to farming, the shrewd minds of the committee offered use of the Eccles ground and facilities to the military authorities. Three Army officers, Mr Farnworth and club representatives held negotiations and on 3rd October 1939, the 356th Searchlight Company (39th Lancashire Fusiliers Regt) took over the occupancy of the Eccles pavilion and manned Lewis Gun positions at Barton Locks and the Power Station. The Ship Canal, Salford Docks and Trafford Park were of great importance and searchlight batteries were deployed to illuminate enemy bombers for the anti-aircraft guns. The ever assiduous Club Treasurer Arthur Gilbody wrote to Lt. Hilton meticulously listing the articles on loan from Eccles RFC (including 1 notice board, 1 card table, 1 oil lamp, 1 enamel tea-pot) and enclosing conditions for the army’s occupation! In his response Lt. Hilton expressed his appreciation and reassured him “that there would definitely be no use of the pavilion as a dance hall or cinema by the army whilst in use”! To be continued… A story in instalments, by Sheila Thomas and Chris Gaffey 1897 September 2009, marked a tragic event in the club’s history when Christopher TIckle, whilst playing for Eccles RFC, suffered a severe neck injury and sadly died in hospital three weeks later. Chris was a popular 23 year old with a great love of life and sports, an infectious sense of humour, a willingness to help others and was about to begin studying at Salford University. In March 2010 he was posthumously awarded The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award by HRH Prince Phillip. As a tribute to Christopher, Eccles RFC was to become the first rugby club in the country to establish its own DofE awards programme in 2011 and continues honour his memory each year with its Club Person of the Year Award and fundraising activities in aid of spinal injuries research. This season, in recognition of the 10th Anniversary, the annual Christmas Christopher Tickle Memorial Cup match will take on a special significance. More details on this event to follow later in the year.